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Research

During the past 40 years of wind research and development, NREL has pioneered many of the components and systems that have taken wind energy technologies to new heights. Through its expertise and one-of-a-kind assets, the research performed at NREL has become a guiding force, advancing wind technologies from initial concepts to deployment.

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Land-Based Wind

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Offshore Wind

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Distributed Wind

 
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Grid Integration

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Market Acceleration