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

Aug. 2, 2021

Lightning No Match for Wind Turbine Blade Protection System

NREL develops lightning protection system for wind turbine blades made of thermoplastic resins and bonded together with NREL's patent-pending thermal welding process.

July 30, 2021

Engaging Autopilot: NREL Explores Automation To Build Better Blades, Lower Costs, and Transform Wind Technology Manufacturing

NREL researchers are charting the course to better quality, lower-cost wind turbine blades through automation.

July 12, 2021

Students Build Skills for the Clean Energy Economy in 2021 Collegiate Wind Competition

The CWC aims to prepare students from multiple disciplines to enter the wind energy workforce by providing real-world technology experience. This year's contest met that goal with 173 students from a range of disciplines, including engineering, economics, and architecture

June 24, 2021

North American Renewable Integration Study Highlights Opportunities for a Coordinated, Continental Low-Carbon Grid

Multiyear analysis shows that increasing electricity trade between countries and expanding interregional transmission can support a reliable future power system.

June 9, 2021

Partnerships Amplify Velocity of Offshore Wind Innovation

With support from the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, NREL’s 150 wind energy researchers are teaming up with over 45 organizations to make offshore wind energy a reality.

April 29, 2021

NREL Joins Industry in Leading Cybersecurity Threat Evaluation for the U.S. Wind Fleet

NREL and six leading industry organizations have joined forces in developing a national Wind Cybersecurity Consortium. The consortium aims to improve the cybersecurity of the U.S. wind fleet through collaborative analysis, development, and information sharing.

April 22, 2021

Novel Modeling Tool Seeks Insight into Eagle Flight at Wind Plants

NREL scientists in partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey and Western EcoSystems Inc. are developing a state-of-the-art computational framework for modeling golden eagle behavior near wind farms.

April 21, 2021

Eleven Communities to Chart Paths to a More Resilient and Equitable Energy Future

NREL will bring cross-cutting technical assistance to remote and island communities seeking resilient energy solutions as part of the DOE-funded, multi-lab, multi-partner Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project (ETIPP).

April 20, 2021

Earth Anticipates a Circular Economy for Energy Materials

One of the three key pillars of NREL's vision for the next decade is developing a circular economy for energy materials. This critical objective focuses on reducing waste and preserving resources through the design and manufacture of materials and products with reuse, recycling, and upcycling in mind from the start.

April 19, 2021

Thinking Inside the Blade: NREL Takes Novel Approach to 3D-Printed Water Power Prototypes

NREL's Advanced Manufacturing team is applying what they have learned from 3D-printing of wind blade molds to create additively manufactured tidal turbine prototypes.

April 7, 2021

Offshore Wind Data Release Propels Wind Prospecting

Using state-of-the-art modeling tools and sophisticated resource assessment technologies, the Wind Resource Characterization team at NREL makes available new offshore wind data sets through Wind Prospector—a geospatial tool using data from the WIND Toolkit that visualizes data, analyzes the potential for wind energy, and provides wind developers, consultants, and researchers access to updated wind data sets.

April 1, 2021

New NREL Tool Can Help Maximize Wind Farm Power Production and Reliability

FAST.Farm, a new mid-fidelity, physics-based engineering modeling tool from NREL, can be used to predict the power performance and structural loads of wind turbines within a wind farm. An extension of OpenFAST, NREL's open-source wind turbine engineering tool, FAST.Farm addresses the dynamics of, and interaction between, each individual turbine in a wind farm.

March 10, 2021

Beyond Technical Potential: NREL Explores the Challenges of Siting Wind in a Low-Carbon Future

Achieving decarbonization goals—including the Biden administration's climate and energy plan—will require rapid and sustained deployment of wind and solar power.

March 9, 2021

CoMET Aids Researchers and Partners in Reaching the Stars—and the Market

Next-gen facilities produce next-gen technologies. Learn more about the collaborative CoMET workspace and innovations to come out of it.

Feb. 24, 2021

Research Strengthens Reliability as Wind Power Shifts Into High Gear

Keeping wind gearboxes in operating condition is essential to efficient and cost-effective wind power plant operation. New tools from NREL are making it possible to predict individual component reliability for the entire wind plant, reduce operations and maintenance costs through early design decisions, and take maintenance measures to extend gearbox life spans.

Feb. 23, 2021

DOE Advanced Manufacturing Office Funds Next-Gen Turbine Blades and More

Recipient of one prime award and playing a supporting role on eight other winning proposals, NREL had a strong showing in the recently announced 2020 DOE Advanced Manufacturing Office Multi-Topic FOA awards.

Feb. 16, 2021

NREL Research Identifies Motivations, Methods for Achieving a Circular Economy for Wind Energy

Researchers at NREL are addressing critical challenges when it comes to achieving a circular economy for wind turbine components. The motivations for pursuing this research are outlined in a new journal article, "Wind turbine blade material in the United States: Quantities, costs, and end-of-life options."

Feb. 16, 2021

NREL Discusses Circular Economy With High-Profile Partners in Fourth Partner Forum

At its fourth annual Partner Forum, NREL showcased its stable of leading experts and opened its virtual doors to partners, extending invitations to companies from around the world to engage in a collaborative effort to design a future replete with renewable energy solutions to the energy challenges of today.

Feb. 1, 2021

Offshore Wind Plugs Energy Into Homes and Businesses Back on Shore

NREL has launched plans to develop the technologies and strategies needed to integrate the coming wave of offshore wind installations into the grid. The laboratory's success with integration—from its world-renowned work on utility-scale renewable energy systems to its comprehensive vision for offshore wind development and collaboration with industry partners—is steering efforts to deliver power efficiently and affordably from offshore plants.

Jan. 25, 2021

Moving Beyond Conventional WISDEM: Open-Source Software Upgrades User Experience

Recently upgraded, user-friendly WISDEM takes a systems engineering approach to wind energy project design.

Jan. 20, 2021

NREL Invites U.S. Manufacturers To Partner on Distributed Wind Technology Innovation

NREL has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Competitiveness Improvement Project (CIP) for distributed wind. The application deadline is Feb. 26, 2021.

Jan. 5, 2021

NREL and Project Partners Team-Up To Advance Species Conservation and Wind Energy Deployment

NREL and Defenders of Wildlife launched Wildlife and Wind Energy: Considerations for Monitoring and Managing Impacts, a nine-part webinar series to help familiarize stakeholders with the nuances of land-based wind energy development in the context of species conservation.

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