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Below is the Summer 2015 issue of the @NWTC newsletter.

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Summer 2015 Issue

Project and Program Updates

Models and Tools

Recent Publications

Fact Sheets

Project and Program Updates

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

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE'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 (IACMI).

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

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

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.

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 (NWTC) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Clemson University—have joined forces to help the wind energy industry improve wind turbine drivetrains and integrate turbines with the electric grid.

NWTC Researchers Recognized for Technology Transfer Excellence

Two research teams at the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently received NREL Technology Transfer Awards: one for the development of the Simulator fOr Wind Farm Applications (SOWFA) 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.

Models and Tools

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.