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Research Facilities

NREL's state-of-the-art wind research facilities at the National Wind Technology Center include prototypes rated from 400 watts to 3 megawatts, providing a venue for groundbreaking innovations and collaboration with partners.

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Field Test Sites

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Dynamometer Research Facilities

 
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Structural Research Facilities 

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Controllable Grid Interface

Research validation capabilities at the National Wind Technology Center include drivetrain research validation, structural research, grid integration, and full-scale field research validation.