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May 20, 2016

NREL Heads to Big Easy to Host Collegiate Wind Competition 2016

The U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition 2016 begins May 24—less than a week from now—at the annual American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) WINDPOWER Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans, Louisiana. Whether you’re part of the action or hearing about it for the first time, Collegiate Wind Competition is a unique event for everyone—and something to keep on your radar.

Funded by the Energy Department and organized in part by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the competition is the flagship event for the Energy Department’s Wind and Water Power Technologies Office’s Workforce Development and Education program. The competition challenges undergraduate students a chance to offer a unique solution to a complex wind energy problem and provides them with real-world experience as they prepare to enter the wind industry workforce.

April 5, 2016

Collegiate Teams on Track for May Competition

Twelve collegiate teams are gearing up for the biannual U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition 2016, to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, May 23–25, 2016, in conjunction with the AWEA WINDPOWER 2016 Conference & Exhibition. Since the inaugural competition in 2014, the number of competing teams has increased—and so has the diversity—hailing from colleges and universities across the United States, including Alaska and Puerto Rico.

April 5, 2016

NWTC Engineer Wins Prestigious International Electrotechnical Commission Award

Jeroen van Dam is proving that a single person can have a global impact. A principal engineer at the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, van Dam recently received the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 1906 award. This honor is bestowed on technical experts whose exceptional involvement in IEC activities has brought about significant advancements in international electrotechnical standardization. Since the award’s inception in 2004, three current NWTC experts have received it: Derek Berry, Arlinda Huskey, and Paul Veers.

April 1, 2016

Winds of Change Blowing for Wind Farm Research with NREL’s SOWFA Tool

Before the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released its Simulator fOr Wind Farm Applications (SOWFA) simulation tool in August 2013, there had not been an open-source, freely available tool of this capability that researchers all over the world could embrace. Now, the winds of change are blowing.

April 1, 2016

One Step Closer to the Marketplace for State-of-the-Art Wind Turbine Drivetrain

National Wind Technology Center researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory have entered the final phase of testing a next-generation drivetrain—the components of a wind turbine that convert the rotational energy of the rotor into electricity—that will be less expensive, more reliable, and more efficient. This project, funded by the Energy Department, combines innovations across the entire drivetrain system, including the gearbox, generator, and power converter.

April 1, 2016

NREL Research Proves Wind Can Provide Ancillary Grid Fault Response

When the Energy DEpartment commissioned a 1.5-megawatt (MW) wind turbine in 2009, it became a key player in improving the performance and lowering the costs of wind energy systems. In 2015, researchers at the National Wind Technology Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, connected the 300-foot-tall turbine to the controllable grid interface test facility, which simulates the real-time conditions of a utility-scale power grid. This began an ongoing, Energy Department-funded research effort to test how wind turbines can remain connected to the grid during short periods of grid failure.

April 1, 2016

NREL and Sandia National Laboratories to Sharpen Wind Farm Turbine Controls

Researchers at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory are working to make the “brains” of a wind farm smarter and more efficient.

March 17, 2016

Eagles are Making Wind Turbines Safer for Birds

A bald eagle named Spirit and a golden eagle named Nova recently helped a team of researchers at the National Wind Technology Center collect terabytes of data for a project aimed at helping researchers make wind energy safer for birds.

March 10, 2016

NREL to Collaborate with Small Clean Energy Businesses as Part of DOE Pilot Program

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will help the first group of small clean energy businesses advance their products under the Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot launched last July by DOE.

February 22, 2016

Ridgeview Classical Charter Schools Wins 26th Colorado Science Bowl

Students from Ridgeview Classical Charter Schools won the Colorado High School Science Bowl. They will represent the state of Colorado at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Science Bowl in Washington D.C., April 28– May 2, where they will compete against more than 400 students from 70 high schools for the national title.

January 19, 2016

NREL Engineers Accomplish Training for Participation in Pilot Lab-Corps Program

Katherine Dykes and Rick Damiani completed the six-week training as part of the U.S. Department of Energy's pilot Lab-Corps program. Lab-Corps seeks to "help move innovative technologies from national labs into the marketplace."


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