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September 3, 2014

NREL Assesses National Design Standards for Offshore Wind Energy Projects

NREL recently released the Assessment of Offshore Wind System Design, Safety, and Operation Standards report, which summarizes regulations, standards, and guidelines for the design and operation of offshore wind energy projects in the United States.

July 30, 2014

New 100-Meter Map Keeps Pace with Growing Wind Technology

According to a wind resource assessment published by the U.S. Department of Energy in 2009, the United States has a land-based wind energy potential of 10,957 GW at an 80-m wind turbine hub height and 12,771 GW of capacity at 100-m hub heights, assuming a capacity factor of at least 30%.

July 30, 2014

WEC-Sim Aims to Bring New Wave Energy Devices to the Surface of an Emerging Industry

From a technology development standpoint, Mike Lawson likens today's wave energy industry to the wind industry in the 1970s or '80s. There are tens—maybe hundreds—of concepts for wave energy converters (WECs) in various stages of development, but no single solution has been established as commercially viable yet.

July 30, 2014

NREL Plays Founding, Developmental Role in Major Wind Journal

In the late 1990s, global wind capacity was just under 8,000 megawatts, compared to well over 100 gigawatts today. Back then, although the wind industry was growing, wind scientists and engineers were not well-connected with each other on a global basis. There was a need for an unbiased, scientific, peer-reviewed publication that offered wind professionals the opportunity to publish their work, learn about each other's research, and exchange ideas.

July 30, 2014

Boosting Wind Plant Power Output by 4%–5% through Coordinated Turbine Controls

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Simulator Of Wind Farm Applications is shedding new light on the causes of wind plant underperformance and how, with the use of coordinated wind turbine control, power output can be increased by as much as 4% or 5%

July 30, 2014

NREL Investigates the Logistics of Transporting and Installing Bigger, Taller Wind Turbines

To address wind turbine transportation and logistics challenges, the U.S. Department of Energy's Wind Program is supporting projects to develop cost-competitive solutions to better fabricate, transport, assemble, maintain, and decommission turbines with hub heights of at least 120 meters.

July 29, 2014

Pennsylvania State University Wins Big in Las Vegas

Ten college teams took up the challenge to create a wind turbine-based charging system for small electronic devices, develop a business plan, and then design, build, and test a small wind turbine as part of the U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition held concurrently with the American Wind Energy Association’s WINDPOWER Conference.

July 29, 2014

NREL Supports Innovative Offshore Wind Energy Projects

In December 2012, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that it would fund seven offshore wind demonstration projects as part of an effort to launch an offshore wind industry in the United States

May 12, 2014

In Largest U.S. Wind Power Markets, Curtailment Declines even as Wind Power Picks Up

This report examines U.S. curtailment practices regarding wind and solar generation, with a particular emphasis on utilities in the western states.

May 1, 2014

Collegiate Wind Competition Turbines Go Blade-to-Blade in Wind Tunnel Tests at WINDPOWER

Ten small wind turbines will go blade-to-blade in wind tunnel tests at the inaugural U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Collegiate Wind Competition that runs concurrently with the AWEA 2014 WINDPOWER Conference, May 6–7, 2014, at the Mandalay Bay Conference Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

February 6, 2014

NREL Director Arvizu Elected to National Academy of Engineering

Dan Arvizu, director of the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering.

January 23, 2014

Collegiate Wind Competition Set to Blow into Vegas in May

To help the nation’s future scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs continue to advance the wind industry, the Energy Department (DOE) established the first everDOE Collegiate Wind Competition. The competition will be held May 5–7 alongside the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) WINDPOWER® 2014 Conference & Exhibition at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

January 20, 2014

NREL Study: Active Power Control of Wind Turbines Can Improve Power Grid Reliability

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), along with partners from the Electric Power Research Institute and the University of Colorado have completed a comprehensive study to understand how wind power technology can assist the power grid by controlling the active power output being placed onto the system. The rest of the power system’s resources have traditionally been adjusted around wind to support a reliable and efficient system. The research that led to this report challenges that concept.

January 3, 2014

New Modularization Framework Transforms FAST Wind Turbine Modeling Tool

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently released an expanded version of its FAST wind turbine computer-aided engineering tool under a new modularization framework.

January 2, 2014

The Denver Post Highlights the NWTC’s New 5-MW Dynamometer

On January 2, a reporter from The Denver Post toured the new 5-megawatt dynamometer test facility at the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC).

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