Wind Energy News

Stay up to date on the latest wind energy research and development news at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

May 25, 2022

NREL Pledge Curbs Emissions as Part of Larger DOE Initiative

Martin Keller, director of NREL, said he expects the Flatirons Campus near Boulder, Colorado, will reach net zero emissions annually by the end of fiscal year 2023 and the South Table Mountain Campus outside Golden, Colorado, to hit that achievement three years later.

May 23, 2022

News Release: Experts Forecast the Wind Plant of the Future To Be Taller and More Economical

Researchers Philipp Beiter and Eric Lantz from NREL, together with collaborators from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy, elicited opinions from more than 140 of the world's leading experts about their expectations of future wind plant design in 2035.

May 12, 2022

The Future of Distributed Wind in the United States: Considerations for Unlocking Terawatt-Level Potential

The U.S. federal government has set a goal of 100% clean electricity in 2035 and a net-zero carbon economy in 2050. To achieve these ambitious targets, all forms of renewable power will be important—including distributed wind.

April 25, 2022

New FLORIS Release Significantly Increases Computation Speeds

The release of Version 3.0 of the FLOw Redirection and Induction in Steady State (FLORIS) wind farm controls software offers significant improvements to maximize wind energy facility productivity and profits.

April 22, 2022

NREL Tool Aims To Predict Interactions Between Soaring Eagles and Wind Turbines

A new software developed at NREL with support from the U.S. Department of Energy Wind Energy Technologies Office endeavors to predict the most likely long-distance flight paths of individual golden eagles as they ride updrafts in the wind.

April 22, 2022

NREL Explores the Dynamic Nature of Wind Deployment and Land Use

Meeting U.S. decarbonization goals is expected to require rapid deployment of additional wind energy. As more wind is deployed, social and ecological considerations of the surrounding landscape are becoming increasingly important--but research on the land use impacts of wind deployment has been limited.

April 15, 2022

This Bat Appreciation Day, NREL Shines Light (Literally) on Bat Interactions With Wind Energy

Bat Appreciation Day is April 17, and researchers at NREL are working hard to create solutions that protect bats and other wildlife while ensuring sustainable deployment of wind energy.

March 1, 2022

NREL Issues Competitiveness Improvement Project Request for Proposals

NREL has issued a request for proposals for the Competitiveness Improvement Project, which supports distributed wind energy.

Feb. 2, 2022

REopt Is Not Lite Anymore

REopt, a free, techno-economic decision support model, helps users optimize energy systems for buildings, campuses, communities, and microgrids. Once called REopt Lite, the REopt tool is dropping the "Lite" in 2022 to better reflect its true status as a heavy-hitting and comprehensive optimization tool.

Jan. 24, 2022

Reducing Wind Turbine Wakes Could Save Wind Farms Millions

Researchers are collecting the most comprehensive data on how winds move through wind plants to help design more efficient plants and reduce wind energy costs.

Jan. 14, 2022

Landmark Demonstration Shows How Common Wind Turbine Can Provide Fundamental Grid Stability

NREL uses advanced grid research environment for first-ever example of type-3 turbines using grid-forming controls.

Jan. 11, 2022

NREL Scientists Dive Into Data in Search of Answers

In NREL's Insight Center, models come to life, illuminating pathways to a clean energy future.

Jan. 3, 2022

Understanding the Impact of Wind Conditions on Concentrating Solar Power Structures

High wind loads increase structural design costs of concentrating solar power collector structures, such as heliostats and parabolic troughs.

Archives

2022 | 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016