NREL's market acceleration and deployment team provides accurate information that articulates the potential impacts and benefits of wind and water power technologies to state and local communities. In addition, NREL's WINDExchange team focuses its outreach efforts on education, rural economic development, public power partnerships, and small wind systems.
Market acceleration involves much more than simply deployment. NREL's team also offers energy and economic analysis, maps, forecasting, workforce development, and education.
Resource Characterization, Forecasting, and Maps
To identify the best location for wind energy development, NREL works with various wind consultancies to create high-resolution maps at heights of 30 to 100 meters above ground.
Siting Considerations and Environmental Impacts
NREL works with state and regional partners as well as others such as the American Wind Wildlife Institute and Bat Conservation International to understand and resolve environmental issues that may hinder the acceptance of wind energy technologies. These include sound and visual impacts as well as impacts on wildlife and wildlife habitats.
Workforce Development and Education
NREL runs the U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition with the goal of inspiring the next generation of the wind energy workforce. NREL also tracks the location of wind energy education and training programs.
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Market Acceleration Lead
The market acceleration lead at NREL plays a role in ensuring that wind energy research and development makes the jump to deployment within the wind industry at large.