Wind Energy News

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

April 18, 2024

Study Unlocks Opportunities To Bridge the US Wind Energy Workforce Gap

A new report identifies that educational training programs, like the U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition, which provides participating students with real-world wind energy experience, could help meet the growing demand for trained wind energy workers.

April 17, 2024

Alaska’s Wind, Wave, Tidal Resources Could Help State Meet Future Energy Needs, NREL Determines

Offshore wind makes sense for decarbonizing energy production and building energy security and independence when it comes to ocean renewable energy production in Alaska’s Outer Continental Shelf.

March 25, 2024

Connecting the Dots: Putting Offshore Wind Energy to Work

NREL researchers contributed to a thorough analysis and action plan to guide the United States on the most effective ways to bring Atlantic offshore wind energy to communities on the East Coast.

March 25, 2024

International Researchers Explore New Territory in the Grand Challenges of Wind Energy Science

Wind energy's growth must be planned with careful consideration of atmospheric physics, turbine design, and grid resilience, as well as environmental and social impacts.

March 21, 2024

Before You Install Wind Energy Technology, Check Out This Database

The new, easy-to-use Wind Resource Database offers public access to more than a petabyte of detailed wind resource data in the United States and other countries.

March 18, 2024

Behind the Blades: Amy Robertson Takes On the Complexities of Floating Offshore Wind

As a child immersed in the science of NASA, Amy Robertson was bound to end up an engineer—an aerospace engineer, to be exact. At NREL, she has traded in her love of the cosmos for the delightfully challenging dynamics of floating offshore wind energy.

March 7, 2024

New Resources Spotlight Distributed Wind Energy's Local Value

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has launched the new National Distributed Wind Network and complementary Distributed Wind Energy Resource Hub.

March 4, 2024

Nextracker and NREL Partnership Inspires New Look at PV Tracker Industry Design Standards

Over the past year, NREL and industry partner Nextracker teamed up to advance the reliability of photovoltaic (PV) tracker technologies during severe weather events.

Feb. 29, 2024

Leap Into New Capabilities: REopt Offers Enhanced Energy Solutions

The REopt team at NREL has significantly enhanced the publicly available REopt web tool and its underlying open-source code, providing more powerful capabilities.

Feb. 26, 2024

NREL Requests Proposals From US Manufacturers of Small and Medium Wind Turbine Technology

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory has issued a request for proposals under the Competitiveness Improvement Project to support commercialization and market expansion of small and medium wind turbine technology.

Feb. 21, 2024

News Release: NREL-Led Workshop Points to Path for Clean Energy Future

Participants in a workshop organized by NREL agree on the importance of mitigating degradation rates for the continuing rollout of clean technologies.

Feb. 19, 2024

Behind the Blades: How Angel McCoy's Background in Meteorology Propels Offshore Wind Forward

Angel McCoy started her career as a meteorologist, which put her on the path that led to her current role at NREL supporting the regulatory process for offshore wind energy in the United States.

Jan. 22, 2024

Behind the Blades: Why Genevieve Starke Gave Up on Her Childhood Dream Job

As a kid, Genevieve Starke dreamt of becoming a con artist. Naturally, the little girl from Pennsylvania decided to pivot her dream to a field where rule-following was a little more appreciated. She picked engineering.

Jan. 18, 2024

20 Teams Win First Phase of Wind Turbine Materials Recycling Prize

DOE announced the Phase 1 winners of the Wind Turbine Materials Recycling Prize. This $5.1 million, two-phase competition aims to boost a sustainable U.S. recycling industry for two high-impact categories of wind turbine materials: fiber-reinforced composites and rare earth elements.

Jan. 18, 2024

Saying Goodbye to a Cold-Weather Workhorse

NREL recently bid farewell to a 100-kilowatt distributed wind turbine prototype on NREL's Flatirons Campus. The turbine's removal signals the beginning of new, expanded distributed wind research capabilities for the laboratory.

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