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

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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