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October 5, 2015

New NREL Report Showcases Potential of Domestic Offshore Wind Industry

Several researchers at the National Wind Technology Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)—Walt Musial, Aaron Smith, and Tyler Stehly—released the 2014–2015 Offshore Wind Technologies Market Report, which shows strong progress for the U.S. offshore wind market, including the start of construction for the Block Island Wind Farm, the nation’s first commercial-scale offshore wind plant. Block Island is just one of the 21 projects currently in the planning and development pipeline, totaling 15,650 megawatts of potential capacity.

October 2, 2015

NREL Fills Leadership Role at Wind Technology Center

Dr. Daniel Laird will join the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory on Oct. 12 as director of the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC), the country’s premier wind energy technology research facility.

September 23, 2015

Small Businesses Invited to Participate in DOE National Lab Vouchers Pilot

Small businesses in the clean energy sector are invited to apply for assistance from the Energy Department’s national laboratories through the department’s new Small Business Vouchers Pilot.

August 24, 2015

NREL-Statoil Collaborate to Make the First Multi-Turbine Floating Offshore Array a Reality

A recent study performed by the National Wind Technology Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory is helping Norway-based Statoil prepare for the installation of what may be the world’s first multi-turbine floating offshore array.

August 11, 2015

New Wind Resource Maps Reach Higher Heights

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory and AWS Truepower LLC recently released maps that illustrate the potential for wind energy development using more advanced wind turbine technologies.

August 11, 2015

NREL and Clemson University Put Wind Turbine Drivetrains to the Test

Through a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA), two of our nation’s most advanced wind energy research and test facilities—the National Wind Technology Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Clemson University—have joined forces to help the wind energy industry improve wind turbine drivetrains and integrate turbines with the electric grid.

August 10, 2015

NREL to Play Pivotal Role in White House Initiative to Bolster America’s Manufacturing Future

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Wind Technology Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is now part of a multimillion-dollar White House initiative known as the National Network of Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), which was created to foster emerging technologies that will produce high-quality manufacturing jobs and enhance America’s global competitiveness. Specifically, NREL will be leading the Wind Turbine Technology Area of NNMI’s latest addition, the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation.

August 10, 2015

New Study Reveals Potential 30% Penetration of Wind and Solar for the Eastern Interconnection

Using high-performance computing capabilities and new methodologies to model operations of the Eastern Interconnection—arguably the largest power system in the world—at unprecedented fidelity, NREL found that the power system can reliably support up to 30% penetration of wind and solar power.

August 10, 2015

NWTC Researchers Recognized for Technology Transfer Excellence

Two research teams at the National Wind Technology Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently received NREL Technology Transfer Awards: one for the development of the Simulator fOr Wind Farm Applications and a second for their work with Siemens on blade aerodynamics. A third team received a patent award for their approach to wind turbine blade testing using base excitation. These awards recognize individuals who have shown exceptional personal initiative in helping transfer NREL technology and developments to the private sector through impactful partnering, licensing, and product release activity.

July 2, 2015

NREL's 91-Year-Old Palmer Carlin—a Wind Energy Pioneer

Release of the Energy Department's Wind Vision Report has added an important tool to his arsenal.

June 8, 2015

NREL, Clemson University Collaborate on Wind Energy Testing Facilities

Two of our nation’s most advanced wind energy research and test facilities have joined forces to help the wind energy industry improve the performance of wind turbine drivetrains and better understand how the turbines can integrate more effectively with the electrical grid.

May 5, 2015

Boise State University Wins Collegiate Wind Competition 2015

Seven teams of students from across the country gathered at the National Wind Technology Center for a fierce blade-to-blade wind turbine rematch. At the Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition 2015 Engineering Contest, teams of undergraduates tested original designs of model wind turbines in an on-site wind tunnel and presented their technical designs to wind technology experts.

April 22, 2015

The (Scientific) Flight of the Falcon

NREL and Laufer employ "Houdini" to teach radar how to detect birds near wind power plants.

April 17, 2015

NREL and Partners Review Key Issues, Lessons Learned from U.S. Wind Integration Studies and Operating Practices

As a complement to DOE's recently released Wind Vision Report, a new paper summarizes the lessons learned from actual power systems operational practice, along with some of the most relevant and comprehensive wind integration studies conducted during the past several years.

February 25, 2015

NREL Researchers Advance Wind Energy Systems Engineering

In recent years, researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have been making progress in multiple avenues of wind systems engineering. This includes the study of how to integrate wind energy engineering and cost models across wind plants, finding the important interactions between various subsystems to achieve a better understanding of how to improve system-level performance and cost reductions, and hosting international, collaborative workshops.

February 25, 2015

Guidelines Help Manage Risks and Encourage the Development of Marine and Hydrokinetic Technologies

Marine and hydrokinetic technologies convert the kinetic energy from ocean waves, tides, currents, and ocean thermal resources into electricity. The development and evolution of these technologies towards commercial and economic operation has proven to be a slow and expensive process. To help reduce the risks of industry failures and advance the development of current and new technologies at a lower cost and faster pace, the U.S. Department of Energy and National Renewable Energy Laboratory created a framework that provides a risk management methodology to identify and reduce risks during all stages of technology development and particularly prior to demonstration activities.

February 25, 2015

NREL's WIND Toolkit Provides the Data Needed to Conduct Power System Simulations

Researchers who conduct regional wind integration studies in the United States need to perform simulations of how the power system will operate under high-penetration scenarios. To do this they need detailed wind power output data from many locations. The wind data sets that are used in these studies must realistically reflect the ramping characteristics, spatial and temporal correlations, and capacity factors of the simulated wind plants, and must be time-synchronized with available load profiles.

February 25, 2015

FAST Revs Up with a v8

Offshore and land-based wind turbine systems are subject to complex and harsh operating conditions. When designing systems for such conditions, wind technology developers need powerful tools. One such tool is the computer-aided engineering tool called FAST, developed and supported by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The laboratory has recently released an improved and expanded version of FAST that features a new modularization framework that boosts the tool’s power, robustness, and flexibility.

February 25, 2015

Wind Career Map Shows Wind Industry Career Opportunities, Paths

In 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), in conjunction with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), created a Wind Career Map—the first of its kind in the wind industry—to inform people interested in wind energy career opportunities.

February 18, 2015

Energy Department Announces 2016 Collegiate Wind Competition Participants

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory is pleased to announce that the Energy Department has announced the twelve collegiate teams that have been selected to participate in the second U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition.

February 4, 2015

New Incubator Network to Help Clean-Energy Entrepreneurs

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) have launched the Clean Energy Incubator Network. The program, funded by the Energy Department, aims to improve the performance of clean energy business incubators, connect critical industry and energy sector partners, and advance clean energy technologies emerging from universities and federal laboratories.

January 23, 2015

New Video Shows How NREL Is Redefining What's Possible for Renewable Energy Through Grid Integration

NREL is spearheading engineering innovations that will help optimize the entire energy system, and the lab's analysis capabilities complement that engineering work by identifying ways to integrate renewable energy effectively and economically. This 3-minute video shows how NREL research and analysis are redefining what’s possible for renewable energy on the grid.

January 20, 2015

NREL Releases the 2013 Renewable Energy Data Book, Detailing Increases in Installed Capacity

The newly released 2013 Renewable Energy Data Book illustrates United States and global energy statistics, including renewable electricity generation, renewable energy development, clean energy investments, and technology-specific data and trends. The Data Book is produced and published annually by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on behalf of the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

January 16, 2015

NREL, Collaborators Complete Gearbox of Innovative Drivetrain

NREL researchers and industrial collaborators have completed the fabrication of a new gearbox and power converter software as a part of their ongoing project to create an innovative drivetrain.


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