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  1. NREL: National Wind Technology Center Home Page

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    NREL: National Wind Technology Center National Wind Technology Center The National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) at NREL is the nation's premier wind energy technology research facility. The NWTC advances the development of innovative land-based and offshore wind energy technologies through its research and testing facilities. Researchers draw on years of experience and their wealth of expertise in fluid dynamics and structural testing to also advance marine and hydrokinetic water power

  2. Wind Energy at NREL's National Wind Technology Center

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    2013-05-29

    It is a pure, plentiful natural resource. Right now wind is in high demand and it holds the potential to transform the way we power our homes and businesses. NREL is at the forefront of wind energy research and development. NREL's National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) is a world-class facility dedicated to accelerating and deploying wind technology.

  3. NREL: Technology Deployment - National Collegiate Wind Competition

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    National Collegiate Wind Competition The National Collegiate Wind Competition, managed by NREL for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), is a forum for undergraduate college students of multiple disciplines to investigate innovative wind energy concepts; gain experience designing, building, and testing a wind turbine to perform according to a customized market data-derived business plan; and increase their knowledge of wind industry barriers. Successful teams will gain and then demonstrate

  4. Blade Testing at NREL's National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) (Presentation)

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    Hughes, S.

    2010-07-20

    Presentation of Blade Testing at NREL's National Wind Technology Center for the 2010 Sandia National Laboratories Blade Testing Workshop.

  5. National Wind Technology Center - Local Information | NREL

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    Center - Local Information This page provides information for travelers visiting the National Wind Technology Center. Transportation There is no public transportation to the National Wind Technology Center. Please note that the NWTC is not located at the main NREL facility in Golden, Colorado; it is approximately 25 miles north of Golden. Visit the Denver International Airport site to find: Car rental agencies Shuttle services, and Ground transportation options, including shuttles, taxicabs, and

  6. NREL Releases Estimate of National Offshore Wind Energy Potential - News

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    Releases | NREL Releases Estimate of National Offshore Wind Energy Potential September 10, 2010 The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announces the release of a new report that assesses the electricity generating potential of offshore wind resources in the United States. According to the Assessment of Offshore Wind Energy Resources for the United States, 4,150 gigawatts of potential wind turbine nameplate capacity (maximum turbine capacity) from offshore

  7. NREL: Wind Research - NREL and Sandia National Laboratories to...

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    Sandia National Laboratories to Sharpen Wind Farm Turbine Controls A meteorological tower in the background, one wind turbine in the front, and one turbine to the right. A view ...

  8. NREL's National Wind Technology Center Director Named ASME Fellow

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    National Wind Technology Center Director Named ASME Fellow For more information contact: Terry Monrad, (303) 275-4096 Golden, Colo., January 25, 1996 -- Dr. Robert W. Thresher, director of the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC), will receive the grade of Fellow from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) in ceremonies Jan. 29, 1996, in Houston, Texas. The NWTC, part of the Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), conducts research on advanced wind

  9. NREL: Wind Research - NREL and Clemson University Put Wind Turbine...

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    NREL and Clemson University Put Wind Turbine Drivetrains to the Test A photo of a large dynamometer at the National Wind Technology Center. NREL's 5-megawatt dynamometer test...

  10. NREL Software Models Performance of Wind Plants (Fact Sheet), NREL Highlights in Research & Development, NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    Simulator fOr Wind Farm Applications helps optimize layouts and controls of wind plant arrays. In 2014, researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) launched the Simulator fOr Wind Farm Applications (SOWFA), a coupled open-source software package and framework that allows users to inves- tigate effects of weather patterns, turbulence, and complex terrain on the performance of wind turbines and plants. SOWFA simulates fluid dynam- ics on scales from regional weather to turbine

  11. Wind Integration Datasets from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

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    The Wind Integration Datasets provide time-series wind data for 2004, 2005, and 2006. They are intended to be used by energy professionals such as transmission planners, utility planners, project developers, and university researchers, helping them to perform comparisons of sites and estimate power production from hypothetical wind plants. NREL cautions that the information from modeled data may not match wind resource information shown on NREL;s state wind maps as they were created for different purposes and using different methodologies.

  12. NREL: Wind Research - National Wind Technology Center Map

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    National Wind Technology Center Map Explore the interactive graphic below to learn about the National Wind Technology Center's facilities and associated capabilities. Click on the numbered areas to discover photos and videos as well as brief descriptions and links to detailed specifications. Map of the National Wind Technology Center in Golden, Colorado Structural Testing Laboratory (STL) As wind turbines grow in size and their blades become longer and more flexible, it becomes more difficult to

  13. NREL: Wind Research - News

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    Below are some select news stories from the National Wind Technology Center. Subscribe to the RSS feed RSS . Learn about RSS. August 29, 2016 NREL Research Puts the Wind at an Industry's Back NREL collaboration with industry partners brings wind energy that is more reliable, more affordable, and better for the environment. July 22, 2016 NREL's Kurtz, Tegen Honored for Clean Energy Leadership The U.S. Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) program has honored Sarah Kurtz and Suzanne Tegen

  14. NWTC Collaborative Increases Gearbox Reliability and Helps Reduce Cost of Wind Energy; NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    2015-07-01

    A collaborative at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL's) National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) leads to wind turbine gearbox reliability and lowers the cost of wind energy.

  15. NREL: Transmission Grid Integration - Wind Integration National...

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    of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Wind and Water Power Technologies Office, and ... Principles for Integration Studies Glossary News Did you find what you needed? ...

  16. NREL: Wind Research - Publications

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    Publications The NREL wind research program develops publications about its R&D projects, accomplishments, and goals in wind energy technologies. Here you will find links to some of our most popular and recent publications from technical papers to fact sheets. The National Wind Technology Center's (NWTC) quarterly newsletter, @NWTC, contains articles on current wind energy research projects and highlights the latest reports, papers, articles, and events published or sponsored by NREL.

  17. Innovation Impact, Wind: NREL Collaborative Improves the Reliability of Wind Turbine Gearboxes (Fact Sheet), NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    Collaborative Improves the Reliability of Wind Turbine Gearboxes Gearbox failures have a significant impact on the cost of wind farm operations. To help minimize gearbox failures, in 2007 the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) initiated the Gearbox Reliability Collaborative (GRC), which consists of manufacturers, owners, researchers, and consultants. The GRC was funded by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy. Gearbox deficiencies are the

  18. NREL Studies Wind Farm Aerodynamics to Improve Siting (Fact Sheet), Innovation Impact: Wind, NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    Studies Wind Farm Aerodynamics to Improve Siting NREL researchers are using advanced remote sensing instruments and high- performance computing to understand atmospheric turbulence and turbine wake behavior-a key to improving wind turbine design and siting within wind farms. As turbines and wind farms grow in size, they create bigger wakes and present more complex challenges to wind turbine and wind farm designers and operators. NREL researchers have confirmed through both observation and

  19. Domestic Wind Energy Workforce; NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    Tegen, Suzanne

    2015-07-30

    A robust workforce is essential to growing domestic wind manufacturing capabilities. NREL researchers conducted research to better understand today's domestic wind workforce, projected needs for the future, and how existing and new education and training programs can meet future needs. This presentation provides an overview of this research and the accompanying industry survey, as well as the Energy Department's Career Maps, Jobs & Economic Development Impacts models, and the Wind for Schools project.

  20. NREL: Wind Research - NREL's Wind Technology Patents Boost Efficiency...

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    NREL's Wind Technology Patents Boost Efficiency and Lower Costs March 22, 2013 Wind energy research conducted at the National Wind technology Center (NWTC) at the U.S. Department ...

  1. Wind-Wildlife Impacts Literature Database (WILD)(Fact Sheet), NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    Wind-Wildlife Impacts Literature Database (WILD) What is WILD? The Wind-Wildlife Impacts Literature Database (WILD), developed and main- tained by the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), is comprised of over 1,000 citations pertaining to the effects of land-based wind, offshore wind, marine and hydrokinetic power systems, power lines, and communication and television towers on wildlife. For the wind energy sector, WILD serves as an

  2. NREL: Learning - National Wind Technology Center Video (Text...

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    The video opens with spinning blades of wind turbines and the National Renewable Energy ... The video shows an offshore wind farm, with several turbines spinning over the ocean. ...

  3. NREL: Wind Research - News

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    Wind Technology Center at NREL provides a number of wind news sources to help you stay up-to-date with its activities, research, and new developments. NREL Wind News See...

  4. Mexico-NREL Wind Resource Assessments | Open Energy Information

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    NREL Wind Resource Assessments Jump to: navigation, search Logo: Mexico-NREL Initiatives Name Mexico-NREL Initiatives AgencyCompany Organization National Renewable Energy...

  5. Wind LCA Harmonization (Fact Sheet), NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    2013-06-01

    NREL recently led the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Harmonization Project, a study that provides more exact estimates of GHG emissions for renewable and conventional generation, clarifying inconsistent and conflicting estimates in the published literature, and reducing uncertainty. This involved a systematic review and harmonization of life cycle assessment (LCA) literature of utility-scale wind power systems in order to determine the causes of life cycle greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions and, where possible, reduce variability in GHG estimates.

  6. NREL: Wind Research - Offshore Wind Turbine Research

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    Offshore Wind Turbine Research Photo of a European offshore wind farm. Photo by Siemens For more than eight years, NREL has worked with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to become an international leader in offshore wind energy research. NREL's offshore wind turbine research capabilities focus on critical areas that reflect the long-term needs of the industry and DOE. National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) researchers are perpetually exploring new wind and water power concepts, materials, and

  7. NREL: Wind Research - Grid Integration

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    Grid Integration Photoshop art created from two NREL-Image Gallery photos of sunset view of electrical power towers combined with wind machines. Photo Illustration by Raymond David / NREL At the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC), partners can study the interactions between wind power technologies and the utility grid to gain a greater understanding of how variable generation resources such as wind energy, impact the utility grid and how to increase the percentage of wind generation in our

  8. The National Wind Energy Skills Assessment and Preparing for the Future Wind Workforce; NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    Tegen, Suzanne

    2015-07-10

    A robust workforce is essential to growing domestic wind manufacturing capabilities. This presentation provides an overview of an NREL analysis of wind-focused education at American colleges and universities. The second part of the presentation discusses DOE/NREL workforce-related projects, such as the Wind Career Map, the Collegiate Wind Competition, and the Wind for Schools project.

  9. NREL and Alstom Celebrate Wind Turbine Installation - News Releases | NREL

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    NREL and Alstom Celebrate Wind Turbine Installation 3 MW, 60 Hz Alstom ECO 100 Now Fully Operational at National Wind Technology Center April 26, 2011 Golden, Colo., April 26, 2011 - Officials from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), along with officials from Alstom, today commemorated the successful installation and full capacity operation of a 3 megawatt Alstom ECO 100 wind turbine at NREL's National Wind Technology Center. This event

  10. NREL | National Nuclear Security Administration

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  11. National Wind Technology Center Video (Text Version) | NREL

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    The video opens with spinning blades of wind turbines and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory logo. It then cuts to images of windmills turning on farms. The video cuts in ...

  12. NREL: Wind Research - Offshore Wind Research

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    NREL's Offshore Wind Testing Capabilities 35 years of wind turbine testing experience ... Testing Applying 35 years of wind turbine testing expertise, NREL has developed ...

  13. NREL: Wind Research - News Release Archives

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    6 December 14, 2006 NREL and Xcel Energy Dedicate Wind-Powered Hydrogen Generator DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Xcel Energy dedicated a new system to convert wind power into hydrogen on December 14th. The system, located at NREL's National Wind Technology Center, links two wind turbines to devices called electrolyzers, which pass the electricity through water to split the liquid into hydrogen and oxygen. December 14, 2006 Experimental "Wind to Hydrogen" System

  14. United States Supports Distributed Wind Technology Improvements; NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    Sinclair, Karin

    2015-06-15

    This presentation provides information on the activities conducted through the Competitiveness Improvement Project (CIP), initiated in 2012 by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and executed through the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to support the distributed wind industry. The CIP provides research and development funding and technical support to improve distributed wind turbine technology and increase the competitiveness of U.S. small and midsize wind turbine manufacturers. Through this project, DOE/NREL assists U.S. manufacturers to lower the levelized cost of energy of wind turbines through component improvements, manufacturing process upgrades, and turbine testing. Ultimately, this support is expected to lead to turbine certification through testing to industry-recognized wind turbine performance and safety standards.

  15. National Wind Technology Center to Debut New Dynamometer (Fact Sheet), Highlights in Research & Development, NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    New test facility will be used to accelerate the development and deployment of next-generation wind energy technologies. This fall, the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will open a new dynamometer test facility. Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the new facility will offer wind industry engineers a unique opportunity to conduct a wide range of tests on the

  16. NREL Enters Wind Energy Research Partnership in Hawaii - News...

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    NREL Enters Wind Energy Research Partnership in Hawaii April 1, 2008 The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has signed a memorandum of ...

  17. Wind Integration National Dataset (WIND) Toolkit; NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    Draxl, Caroline; Hodge, Bri-Mathias

    2015-07-14

    A webinar about the Wind Integration National Dataset (WIND) Toolkit was presented by Bri-Mathias Hodge and Caroline Draxl on July 14, 2015. It was hosted by the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. The toolkit is a grid integration data set that contains meteorological and power data at a 5-minute resolution across the continental United States for 7 years and hourly power forecasts.

  18. NREL Assesses National Design Standards for Offshore Wind (Fact Sheet)

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    2014-06-01

    Report summarizes regulations, standards, and guidelines for the design and operation of offshore wind projects in the United States.

  19. NREL Wind Turbine Design Codes Certified - News Releases | NREL

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    Wind Turbine Design Codes Certified August 2, 2005 Golden, Colo. - The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announced today that its wind turbine design codes-termed FAST and ADAMS-can now be used for worldwide turbine certification. Through a joint effort by the NREL and Germanischer Lloyd (GL) of Hamburg, Germany, the world's foremost certifying body for wind turbines, both codes were approved for calculating onshore wind turbine loads for design and

  20. NREL Assesses National Design Standards for Offshore Wind (Fact...

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    Report summarizes regulations, standards, and guidelines for the design and operation of ... analysis of current and pending wind and offshore design standards and guidelines. ...

  1. Wind Integration National Dataset Toolkit | Grid Modernization | NREL

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    Industry Soars to New Heights Wind Industry Soars to New Heights August 5, 2013 - 8:13am Addthis Watch the video to learn more about the new records reached by the U.S. industry as found in the 2012 Wind Technologies Market Report. | Video by Matty Greene, Energy Department. Matty Greene Matty Greene Former Videographer Wind capacity additions in the United States reached record levels in 2012, as detailed in the 2012 Wind Technologies Market Report. In a video narrated by Jose Zayas, Director

  2. NREL: Wind Research Home Page

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    Wind Research The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) at NREL is at the forefront of energy innovation. For more than three decades, our researchers have spent countless hours building unparalleled expertise in renewable energy technologies while supporting the vision that wind and water can create clean, reliable, and cost-effective electricity. The NWTC strives to be an essential partner to companies, other DOE laboratories, government agencies, and

  3. Wind and Water Power Modeling and Simulation at the NWTC (Fact Sheet), NREL(National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    Wind and Water Power Modeling and Simulation at the NWTC Researchers at the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed a variety of computer modeling and simulation software tools to support the wind and water power industries and research communities with state-of-the-art design and analysis capabilities. Computer modeling and simulations allow designers to analyze many factors affecting wind turbines and plants, at a fraction of the

  4. NREL National Wind Technology Center (NWTC): M2 Tower; Boulder, Colorado (Data)

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    Jager, D.; Andreas, A.

    1996-09-24

    The National Wind Technology Center (NWTC), located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains near Boulder, Colorado, is a world-class research facility managed by NREL for the U.S. Department of Energy. NWTC researchers work with members of the wind energy industry to advance wind power technologies that lower the cost of wind energy through research and development of state-of-the-art wind turbine designs. NREL's Measurement and Instrument Data Center provides data from NWTC's M2 tower which are derived from instruments mounted on or near an 82 meter (270 foot) meteorological tower located at the western edge of the NWTC site and about 11 km (7 miles) west of Broomfield, and approximately 8 km (5 miles) south of Boulder, Colorado. The data represent the mean value of readings taken every two seconds and averaged over one minute. The wind speed and direction are measured at six heights on the tower and air temperature is measured at three heights. The dew point temperature, relative humidity, barometric pressure, totalized liquid precipitation, and global solar radiation are also available.

  5. NREL National Wind Technology Center (NWTC): M2 Tower; Boulder, Colorado (Data)

    DOE Data Explorer [Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)]

    Jager, D.; Andreas, A.

    The National Wind Technology Center (NWTC), located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains near Boulder, Colorado, is a world-class research facility managed by NREL for the U.S. Department of Energy. NWTC researchers work with members of the wind energy industry to advance wind power technologies that lower the cost of wind energy through research and development of state-of-the-art wind turbine designs. NREL's Measurement and Instrument Data Center provides data from NWTC's M2 tower which are derived from instruments mounted on or near an 82 meter (270 foot) meteorological tower located at the western edge of the NWTC site and about 11 km (7 miles) west of Broomfield, and approximately 8 km (5 miles) south of Boulder, Colorado. The data represent the mean value of readings taken every two seconds and averaged over one minute. The wind speed and direction are measured at six heights on the tower and air temperature is measured at three heights. The dew point temperature, relative humidity, barometric pressure, totalized liquid precipitation, and global solar radiation are also available.

  6. Testing Small Wind Turbines at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) (Poster)

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    Sinclair, K.; Bowen, A.

    2008-06-01

    WindPower 2008 conference sponsored by AWEA held in Houston, Texas on June 1-4, 2008. This poster describes four small wind electric systems that were tested to IEC and AWEA standards at NREL's NWTC.

  7. NREL: Wind Research - New NREL Report Showcases Potential of...

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    Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)-Walt Musial, Aaron Smith, and Tyler Stehly-released the 2014-2015 Offshore Wind Technologies Market Report, which shows...

  8. NREL: Wind Research - NREL Supports Innovative Offshore Wind...

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    NREL Supports Innovative Offshore Wind Energy Projects Demonstration Projects Eligible for ... it would fund seven offshore wind demonstration projects as part of an effort to ...

  9. NREL, Clemson University Collaborate on Wind Energy Testing Facilities...

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    NREL, Clemson University Collaborate on Wind Energy Testing Facilities June 8, 2015 Two of our nation's most advanced wind energy research and test facilities have joined forces to ...

  10. NREL: Wind-Wildlife Impacts Literature Database (WILD) Home Page

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    NREL - National Renewable Energy Laboratory Wind-Wildlife Impacts Literature Database (WILD) Wind Research WILD WILD Browse By Reset All Geography Africa (45) Apply Africa filter...

  11. Testing Small Wind Turbines at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) (Poster)

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    Bowen, A.; Huskey, A.; Hur, J.; Jager, D.; van Dam, J.; Smith, J.

    2010-05-01

    Poster presented at the AWEA 2010 conference illustrates NREL's testing of five small wind turbines in the first round of its independent testing project. Tests include power performance, noise, duration, safety and function, and power quality (where applicable).

  12. New Framework Transforms FAST Wind Turbine Modeling Tool (Fact Sheet), NREL Highlights in Research & Development, NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    A recent overhaul of the tool makes it a powerful, robust, and flexible modeling software to aid the development of innovative wind and water power technologies. The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Labora- tory (NREL) recently released an expanded version of its FAST wind turbine computer-aided engineer- ing tool under a new modularization framework. The new release includes: an upgraded version of the AeroDyn aerodynamics module that includes tower drag loading; the

  13. Wind Power Siting: Public Acceptance and Land Use; NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    Tegen, Suzanne

    2015-06-17

    Suzanne Tegen presented this information as part of the June 17, 2015 WINDExchange webinar: Overcoming Wind Siting Challenges III: Public Acceptance and Land Use. This presentation provides an overview of current NREL research related to wind energy deployment considerations, the DOE Wind Vision as it relates to public acceptance and land use, why public acceptance of wind power matters, where the U.S. wind resource is best, and how those rich resource areas overlay with population centers.

  14. NREL Identifies Investments for Wind Turbine Drivetrain Technologies (Fact Sheet), NREL Highlights, Research & Development, NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    examines current U.S. manufacturing and supply chain capabilities for advanced wind turbine drivetrain technologies. Innovative technologies are helping boost the capacity and operating reliability of conventional wind turbine drivetrains. With the proper manufacturing and supply chain capabilities in place, the United States can better develop and deploy these advanced technologies- increasing the competitiveness of the U.S. wind industry and reducing the levelized cost of energy (LCOE).

  15. NREL: Wind Research - Facilities

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    support the growth of wind energy development across the United States. National Wind Technology Center Facilities Our facilities are contained within a 305-acre area that...

  16. NREL, Clemson University Collaborate on Wind Energy Testing Facilities...

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    example of how a university and a national laboratory can work together," said Brian Smith, acting center director for the National Wind Technology Center at NREL. "The ...

  17. NREL: Wind Research - Testing

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    Testing Photo of a large wind turbine blade sticking out of the structural testing laboratory; it is perpendicular to a building at the National Wind Technology Center. A multimegawatt wind turbine blade extends outside of the structural testing facility at the NWTC. PIX #19010 Testing capabilities at the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) support the installation and testing of wind turbines that range in size from 400 watts to 5.0 megawatts. Engineers provide wind industry manufacturers,

  18. NREL: Wind Research - News Release Archives

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    09 September 14, 2009 IEA Wind Energy 2008 Annual Report Now Available for Free Download The IEA Annual Report for 2008 provides the latest information on wind industries in 20 International Energy Agency (IEA) Wind member countries. August 26, 2009 NWTC Installs Multimegawatt Research Turbines NREL's National Wind Technology Center installed the first of two multimegawatt wind turbines last week to be used for research to advance wind turbine performance and reliability. February 3, 2009 U.S.

  19. NREL: Wind Research - News Release Archives

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    Wind Technology for Statoil NREL engineers traveled to Oslo, Norway, to meet with Statoil representatives regarding NREL's analysis of Statoil's Hywind II offshore floating wind ...

  20. NREL Announces Partnership Opportunity for Multimegawatt Wind Turbine

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    Drivetrain Testing - News Releases | NREL Announces Partnership Opportunity for Multimegawatt Wind Turbine Drivetrain Testing March 23, 2011 Golden, Colo., March 21, 2011 - The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released its first call for proposals from wind industry companies interested in forming a partnership with NREL to test a multimegawatt wind turbine drivetrain. The drivetrain will be tested in NREL's new 5 megawatt drivetrain test facility,

  1. NREL Wind Researcher Named IEEE Fellow - News Releases | NREL

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    NREL Wind Researcher Named IEEE Fellow January 28, 2010 Dr. Eduard Muljadi, a researcher at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has been elected fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE). Recognizing the achievements of its members is an important part of the mission of IEEE. Each year, after a rigorous evaluation procedure, the IEEE Fellow Committee recommends a select group of recipients for one of the institute's

  2. NREL Releases RFP for Distributed Wind Turbine Competitiveness Improvement Projects

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    In support of DOE's efforts to further develop distributed wind technology, NREL's National Wind Technology Center has released a Request for Proposal for the following Distributed Wind Turbine Competitiveness Improvement Projects on the Federal Business

  3. NREL Supercomputing Model Provides Insights from Higher Wind and Solar

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    Generation in the Eastern Power Grid | Energy Systems Integration | NREL NREL Supercomputing Model Provides Insights from Higher Wind and Solar Generation in the Eastern Power Grid NREL opens data to help planners and regulators understand implications of higher wind and solar generation August 31, 2016 A new study from the United States Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) used high-performance computing capabilities and innovative visualization tools to

  4. NREL: Wind Research - NREL Researchers Advance Wind Energy Systems...

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    NREL Researchers Advance Wind Energy Systems Engineering A photo of several round tables with people sitting around them and two screens at the front of the rooms projecting a...

  5. NREL: News - Innovative Utility Takes to the Wind

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    Innovative Utility Takes to the Wind Golden, Colo., July 19, 2002 Waverly Wins National Award Named for NREL's Founding Director Waverly Light and Power, the municipal utility for Waverly, Iowa, which has helped lead the way for wind energy development across the Midwest, has been awarded the 2002 Paul Rappaport Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Award by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). NREL inaugurated the national award this year in celebration

  6. NREL Research Proves Wind Can Provide Ancillary Grid Fault Response |

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    Energy Systems Integration | NREL NREL Research Proves Wind Can Provide Ancillary Grid Fault Response April 1, 2016 Interior of the controllable grid interface test facility, showing a long hallway and shelves full of electronic equipment. The controllable grid interface test facility at the National Wind Technology Center makes it possible to research the effectiveness of wind energy in providing ancillary grid services such as frequency control. Photo by Dennis Schroeder/NREL 27442 Image

  7. NREL Study Shows 20 Percent Wind is Possible by 2024 - News Releases | NREL

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    NREL Study Shows 20 Percent Wind is Possible by 2024 Analysis Shows Transmission Upgrades, Offshore Wind, and Operational Changes Needed to Incorporate 20 to 30 Percent Wind January 20, 2010 Today, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released the Eastern Wind Integration and Transmission Study (EWITS). This unprecedented two-and-a-half year technical study of future high-penetration wind scenarios was designed to analyze the economic, operational,

  8. NREL: Wind Research - Wind and Water Power Fact Sheets

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    Wind and Water Power Fact Sheets The capabilities for research at the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) are numerous. Below you will find fact sheets about the many facilities and capabilities at the NWTC, including field testing research, modeling and simulation, and the Wind-Wildlife Impacts Literature Database. Fact Sheet Cover 35 Years of Innovation: Leading the Way to a Clean Energy Future Fact Sheet Cover Wind-Wildlife Impacts Literature Database (WILD) Fact Sheet Cover NREL Software

  9. NREL: Wind Research - Accredited Testing

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    Accredited Testing NREL has testing capabilities that are accredited by the American Association of Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA). Currently, NREL is one of only two facilities in the United States that are A2LA accredited. Small and large wind turbines are given a suite of tests that test acoustic noise emissions, duration, load, power performance, power quality, and safety and function. Each of the tests is briefly described below. Tests are performed to International Electrotechnical

  10. NREL Names New Wind Center Director - News Releases | NREL

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    Names New Wind Center Director Fort Felker to begin new position May 18, 2009 May 14, 2009 Dr. Fort F. Felker has been named director of the National Wind Technology Center at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Felker, a co-founder of Winglet Technology LLC, and former director of engineering analysis and test at Kenetech Windpower, begins his new position May 18. "Dr. Felker's 30 years of aeronautical and mechanical engineering research and

  11. NREL Supercomputing Model Provides Insights from Higher Wind and Solar

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    Generation in the Eastern Power Grid | Grid Modernization | NREL Supercomputing Model Provides Insights from Higher Wind and Solar Generation in the Eastern Power Grid NREL opens data to help planners and regulators understand implications of higher wind and solar generation August 31, 2016 A new study from the United States Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) used high-performance computing capabilities and innovative visualization tools to model, in

  12. NREL: Wind Research - News Release Archives

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    closely on improving wind energy technologies. June 25, 2007 Large Wind Turbine Blade Test Facilities to be in Mass., Texas NREL will work with consortiums from Texas and...

  13. NREL Readies New Wind Turbine Drivetrain for Commercialization | Department

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    of Energy Readies New Wind Turbine Drivetrain for Commercialization NREL Readies New Wind Turbine Drivetrain for Commercialization May 18, 2015 - 3:52pm Addthis Illustration of a wind turbine drivetrain with a transparent case that shows the internal gears. In February, engineers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) assembled the innovative, medium-speed, medium-voltage wind turbine drivetrain that was the result of a study funded by DOE's

  14. NREL: Innovation Impact - Wind

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    Wind Energy Menu Home Home Solar Solar Wind Wind Analysis Analysis Bioenergy Bioenergy Buildings Buildings Transportation Transportation Manufacturing Manufacturing Energy Systems ...

  15. NREL: Wind Research - @NWTC Newsletter

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    from the Energy Department's National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) at the National ... an essential partner for the technical development and deployment of wind and water power. ...

  16. NREL Research Wind Farm II | Open Energy Information

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    II Jump to: navigation, search Name NREL Research Wind Farm II Facility NREL Research Sector Wind energy Facility Type Commercial Scale Wind Facility Status In Service Developer...

  17. NREL Research Wind Farm I | Open Energy Information

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    I Jump to: navigation, search Name NREL Research Wind Farm I Facility NREL Research Sector Wind energy Facility Type Commercial Scale Wind Facility Status In Service Developer...

  18. Distributed Wind Case Study: Cross Island Farms, Wellesley Island, New York (Fact Sheet), NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    Distributed Wind Case Study: Cross Island Farms, Wellesley Island, New York www.nrel.gov Baker and Belding installed a 10-kW Bergey Excel wind turbine in August 2011. Photo from Cross Island Farms, NREL/PIX 19923 Funding Summary * Total cost of wind turbine, including first developer: $82,000 * Total cost of wind turbine, excluding first developer: $73,000 * Total cost of solar: $40,000 * Propane generator: $8,000; including equipment, installation, and propane: $13,000 * USDA REAP grant:

  19. NREL Research Puts the Wind at an Industry's Back - News Feature | NREL

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    Research Puts the Wind at an Industry's Back August 29, 2016 A wide aerial view of a wind turbine testing site and the landscape surrounding it. One large wind turbine is in the foreground with four other wind turbines behind it, as well as several buildings and met towers. Mountains are in the background Aerial view of NREL's National Wind Technology Center (NWTC). Photo by Dennis Schroeder, NREL The National Wind Technology Center (NWTC), located at the base of the foothills just south of

  20. OAHU Wind Integration And Transmission Study: Summary Report, NREL

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    (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) | Department of Energy OAHU Wind Integration And Transmission Study: Summary Report, NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) OAHU Wind Integration And Transmission Study: Summary Report, NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) This study was composed of several smaller studies done in cooperation with other local entities and experts, all of which are summarized in this report. 48632.pdf (1.76 MB) More Documents & Publications Phase 2

  1. NREL: Wind Research - NREL and Partners Review Key Issues, Lessons...

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    NREL and Partners Review Key Issues, Lessons Learned from U.S. Wind Integration Studies and Operating Practices April 17, 2015 As a complement to DOE's recently released Wind...

  2. NREL: Wind Research - NREL Research Proves Wind Can Provide Ancillary...

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    Research Proves Wind Can Provide Ancillary Grid Fault Response April 1, 2016 Interior of ... The controllable grid interface test facility at the National Wind Technology Center makes ...

  3. NREL Small Wind Turbine Test Project: Mariah Power's Windspire Wind Turbine Test Chronology

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    Huskey, A.; Forsyth, T.

    2009-06-01

    This report presents a chronology of tests conducted at NREL's National Wind Technology Center on Mariah Power's Windspire 1.2-kW wind turbine and a letter of response from Mariah Power.

  4. NREL: Wind Research - Research Staff

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    Manager Dave Corbus Program Integration, Wind and Water Power Program Gene Holland Albert LiVecchi Dana Scholbrock Teresa Robinson Director, National Wind Technology Center...

  5. NREL: Wind Research - Events

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    Events Below are upcoming events related to wind energy technology. December 2015 Wind and Water Power Small Business Voucher Open House December 2, 2015, 9:00 - 1:00 MST Boulder,...

  6. Wind Energy Basics | NREL

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    Wind Energy Basics We have been harnessing the wind's energy for hundreds of years. From old Holland to farms in the United States, windmills have been used for pumping water or grinding grain. Today, the windmill's modern equivalent-a wind turbine-can use the wind's energy to generate electricity. Text Version Wind turbines, like windmills, are mounted on a tower to capture the most energy. At 100 feet (30 meters) or more aboveground, they can take advantage of the faster and less turbulent

  7. NREL: Wind Research - Wind Energy Videos

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    Wind Energy Videos The National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) is pleased to offer video presentations of its world-class capabilities, facilities, research areas, and personnel. As ...

  8. NREL: Wind Research - Working with Us

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    Working with Us NREL works with industry in a public-private contracting environment to research, design, and build advanced wind energy technologies. We have an outstanding ...

  9. NREL: Wind Research - Site Tours

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    This is a simulated tour of the National Wind Technology Center showing its location in the state, elevation, and its facilities. Two site simulation tours of the National Wind ...

  10. NREL GIS Data: Bhutan High Resolution Wind Resource - Datasets...

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    NREL GIS Data: Bhutan High Resolution Wind Resource This shapefile containing 50 meter height data has been validated by NREL and wind energy meteorological consultants. However,...

  11. NREL: Wind Research - Site Wind Resource Characteristics

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    Site Wind Resource Characteristics A graphic showing the location of National Wind Technology Center and its wind power class 2. Click on the image to view a larger version. ...

  12. NREL Innovations Help Drive Wind Industry Transformation (Fact Sheet)

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    2013-08-01

    For nearly 30 years, NREL has helped the wind turbine industry through design and research innovations. The comprehensive capabilities of the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC), ranging from specialized computer simulation tools to unique test facilities, has been used to design, develop, and deploy several generations of advanced wind energy technology.

  13. NREL: Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Research - Wind-to-Hydrogen Project

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    Wind-to-Hydrogen Project Photo of person in hard hat working on equipment in a laboratory setting. NREL engineer inspects hydrogen-producing electrolyzer system at the National Wind Technology Center. Photo by Greg Martin, NREL Formed in partnership with Xcel Energy, NREL's wind-to-hydrogen (Wind2H2) demonstration project links wind turbines and photovoltaic (PV) arrays to electrolyzer stacks, which pass the generated electricity through water to split it into hydrogen and oxygen. The resulting

  14. NREL Wind to Hydrogen Project: Renewable Hydrogen Production for Energy Storage & Transportation

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    Wind to Hydrogen Project: Renewable Hydrogen Production for Energy Storage & Transportation NREL Hydrogen Technologies and Systems Center Todd Ramsden, Kevin Harrison, Darlene Steward November 16, 2009 NREL/PR-560-47432 NREL is a national laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, operated by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC. NREL Wind2H2 RD&D Project * The National Renewable Energy Laboratory in partnership with Xcel Energy and

  15. NREL National Bioenergy Center Overview

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    Foust, Thomas; Pienkos, Phil; Sluiter, Justin; Magrini, Kim; McMillan, Jim

    2014-07-28

    The demand for clean, sustainable, secure energy is growing... and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is answering the call. NREL's National Bioenergy Center is pioneering biofuels research and development and accelerating the pace these technologies move into the marketplace.

  16. NREL: MIDC/National Wind Technology Center M2 Tower (39.91 N, 105.235 W,

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    1855 m, GMT-7) National Wind Technology Center M2 Tower

  17. NREL Fills Leadership Role at Wind Technology Center - News Releases | NREL

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    NREL Fills Leadership Role at Wind Technology Center October 2, 2015 Dr. Daniel Laird will join the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory on Oct. 12 as director of the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC), the country's premier wind energy technology research facility. Laird, who earned his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Madison-Wisconsin, is relocating from the Energy Department's Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he is

  18. NREL: Wind Research - Webmaster

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    Webmaster Please enter your name and email address in the boxes provided, then type your message below. When you are finished, click "Send Message." NOTE: If you enter your e-mail address incorrectly, we will be unable to reply. Your name: Your email address: Your message: Send Message Printable Version Wind Research Home Research & Development Facilities Research Staff Working with Us Publications Data & Resources Awards News Did you find what you needed? Yes 1 No 0 Thank you

  19. NREL: Wind Research - Wind Resource Assessment

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    Wind Resource Assessment A map of the United States is color-coded to indicate the high winds at 80 meters. This map shows the wind resource at 80 meters for both land-based and offshore wind resources in the United States. Correct estimation of the energy available in the wind can make or break the economics of wind plant development. Wind mapping and validation techniques developed at the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) along with collaborations with U.S. companies have produced

  20. NREL: Renewable Resource Data Center - Wind Resource Information

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    Detailed wind resource information can be found on NREL's Wind Research website. This site provides access to state and international wind resource maps. Wind Integration Datasets ...

  1. Review of dWindDS Model Initial Results; NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    Baring-Gould, Ian; Gleason, Michael; Preus, Robert; Sigrin, Ben

    2015-06-17

    The dWindDS model analyses the market diffusion of distributed wind generation for behind the meter applications. It is consumer decision based and uses a variety of data sets including a high resolution wind data set. It projects market development through 2050 based on input on specified by the user. This presentation covers some initial runs with draft base case assumptions.

  2. NREL's Water Power Software Makes a Splash (Fact Sheet), NREL Highlights, Research & Development, NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    Open-source software provides essential modeling and simulation help in water power research and development. Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) National Wind Technology Center are continuing their work on the Wave Energy Converter SIMulator (WEC-Sim), a free, open-source software modeling tool being jointly developed by NREL and Sandia National Laboratories. WEC-Sim promises to help level the playing field in the wave energy converter (WEC) industry. WEC-Sim allows

  3. Eastern Renewable Generation Integration Study: Flexibility and High Penetrations of Wind and Solar; NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    Bloom, Aaron; Townsend, Aaron; Palchak, David

    2015-07-29

    Balancing wind and solar in a model is relatively easy. All you need to do is assume a very large system with infinite flexibility! But what if you don't have an infinitely flexible system? What if there are thousands of generators nestled in a handful of regions that are unlikely to change their operational practices? Would you still have enough flexibility to balance hundreds of gigawatts of wind and solar at a 5 minute level? At NREL, we think we can, and our industry partners agree. This presentation was presented at the IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting by Aaron Bloom, highlighting results of the Eastern Renewable Generation Integration Study.

  4. NREL Develops New Controls that Proactively Adapt to the Wind (Fact Sheet)

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    2012-11-01

    Until now, wind turbine controls that reduce the impacts of wind gusts and turbulence were always reactive-responding to the wind rather than anticipating it. But with today's laser-based sensors that measure wind speed ahead of the turbine, researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and their industry partners are developing more intelligent controls. The world's first field tests of these controls are currently underway at the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) at NREL, with plans for future commercialization.

  5. NREL Develops New Controls that Proactively Adapt to the Wind (Fact Sheet)

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    Not Available

    2012-10-01

    Until now, wind turbine controls that reduce the impacts of wind gusts and turbulence were always reactive -- responding to the wind rather than anticipating it. But with today's laser-based sensors that measure wind speed ahead of the turbine, researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and their industry partners are developing more intelligent controls. The world's first field tests of these controls are currently underway at the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) at NREL, with plans for future commercialization.

  6. Visiting NREL | NREL

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    Visiting NREL To plan your visit, select the location below. Not sure? Contact your NREL host to confirm the location for your meeting. NREL Golden Campus, Laboratories, and Administrative Offices National Wind Technology Center Education Center Washington, D.C. Office Community Members and General Public Sign up for an NREL tour or group program. LEARN MORE

  7. The Western Wind and Solar Integration Study Phase 2 (Fact Sheet), NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    This is one-page, two-sided fact sheet presents high-level summary results of the Western Wind and Solar Integration Study Phase 2, which examined operational impacts of high penetrations of variable renewable generation in the West.

  8. NREL to Partner with RES Americas on Wind Balance-of-Plant Research - News

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    Releases | NREL to Partner with RES Americas on Wind Balance-of-Plant Research June 17, 2009 The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Renewable Energy Systems Americas, Inc. (RES Americas) have announced a partnership to evaluate the design and performance of vital wind energy support systems. Under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA), NREL and RES Americas will investigate structural loads on foundations of operating wind

  9. NREL, Xcel Energy Sign Wind to Hydrogen Research Agreement - News Releases

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    | NREL NREL, Xcel Energy Sign Wind to Hydrogen Research Agreement May 8, 2006 Golden, Colo. - The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE), National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL) recently signed a cooperative agreement for an innovative "wind to hydrogen" research, development and demonstration project. Researchers will analyze and compare hydrogen production from wind power and the electric grid. The hydrogen will be produced through electrolysis-the

  10. DOE and NREL Issue Sources Sought for Wind for Schools Project

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    Sustainability Plan | Department of Energy and NREL Issue Sources Sought for Wind for Schools Project Sustainability Plan DOE and NREL Issue Sources Sought for Wind for Schools Project Sustainability Plan January 12, 2016 - 12:55pm Addthis The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), today issued a formal notice of intent for organizations interested in developing a Sustainability Plan for the Wind for Schools project. This

  11. Initial Economic Analysis of Utility-scale Wind Integration in Hawaii, NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    and Renewable Energy, operated by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC. INITIAL ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF UTILITY-SCALE WIND INTEGRATION IN HAWAII NOTICE This report was prepared as an account of work sponsored by an agency of the United States government. Neither the United States government nor any agency thereof, nor any of their employees, makes any warranty, express or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any informa-

  12. Recommendations on Model Fidelity for Wind Turbine Gearbox Simulations; NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    Keller, J.; Lacava, W.; Austin, J.; Nejad, A.; Halse, C.; Bastard, L.; Helsen, J.

    2015-02-01

    This work investigates the minimum level of fidelity required to accurately simulate wind turbine gearboxes using state-of-the-art design tools. Excessive model fidelity including drivetrain complexity, gearbox complexity, excitation sources, and imperfections, significantly increases computational time, but may not provide a commensurate increase in the value of the results. Essential designparameters are evaluated, including the planetary load-sharing factor, gear tooth load distribution, and sun orbit motion. Based on the sensitivity study results, recommendations for the minimum model fidelities are provided.

  13. Federal Wind Energy Assistance through NREL (Fact Sheet)

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    2009-09-01

    NREL assists with wind resource assessment and development activities initiated by federal agencies to facilitate distributed renewable energy projects at federal agency sites. This brief outlines the process for requesting NREL assistance with federal wind energy projects.

  14. Working with NREL (Brochure), NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    Working with NREL By partnering with companies and organizations, the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory accelerates the movement of renewable energy and energy-efficient solutions into practical application. NREL is a national laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, operated by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC. A critical part of the laboratory's mission is the transfer of NREL- developed technologies

  15. NREL: Wind Research - Small and Distributed Wind Turbine Research

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    Small and Distributed Wind Turbine Research A distributed wind farm in Wisconsin at sunset. Photo by Todd Spink The objectives of NREL's small and distributed wind research is to increase consumer confidence in and the number of certified small wind turbines on the market through certification testing, to improve performance, and to reduce installed costs so that wind can compete in the retail electric market with other forms of distributed generation. Distributed wind applications include

  16. NREL: Wind Research - NREL Engineers Accomplish Training for Participation

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    in Pilot Lab-Corps Program NREL Engineers Accomplish Training for Participation in Pilot Lab-Corps Program January 19, 2016 Katherine Dykes and Rick Damiani completed six weeks of training as part of the U.S. Department of Energy's pilot Lab-Corps program. Lab-Corps seeks to "help move innovative technologies from national labs into the marketplace." Dykes and Damiani competed against other teams to represent the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in the Lab-Corps program

  17. Wind Vision: A New Era for Wind Power in the United States (Highlights); U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    2015-03-01

    This is a four-part Wind Vision project, consisting of Wind Vision Highlights, Executive Summary, a Full Report, and Appendix. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Wind Program, in close cooperation with the wind industry, led a comprehensive analysis to evaluate future pathways for the wind industry. The Wind Vision report updates and expands upon the DOE's 2008 report, 20% Wind Energy by 2030, and defines the societal, environmental, and economic benefits of wind power in a scenario with wind energy supplying 10% of national end-use electricity demand by 2020, 20% by 2030, and 35% by 2050.

  18. NREL-International Wind Resource Maps | Open Energy Information

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    Shenyang 50m Wind Power China Tianjin 50m Wind Power China Yinchuan 50m Wind Power East China Map Reference Eastern Visayas Philippines Wind Speed 100m-01 NREL-30m-US-Wind...

  19. NREL Supercomputing Model Provides Insights from Higher Wind and Solar

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    Generation in the Eastern Power Grid - News Releases | NREL Supercomputing Model Provides Insights from Higher Wind and Solar Generation in the Eastern Power Grid NREL opens data to help planners and regulators understand implications of higher wind and solar generation August 31, 2016 NREL's David Palchak, co-author of the Eastern Renewable Generation Integration Study, examines data visualizations developed with computing resources in NREL's Energy Systems Integration Facility. NREL's

  20. NREL's Wind Powering America Team Helps Indiana Develop Wind Resources (Fact Sheet)

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    Not Available

    2010-10-01

    How does a state advance, in just five years, from having no installed wind capacity to having more than 1000 megawatts (MW) of installed capacity? The Wind Powering America (WPA) initiative, based at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), employs a state-focused approach that has helped accelerate wind energy deployment in many states. One such state is Indiana, which is now home to the largest wind plant east of the Mississippi.

  1. NREL: Wind Research - Winds of Change Blowing for Wind Farm Research...

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    Winds of Change Blowing for Wind Farm Research with NREL's SOWFA Tool Simulation from SOWFA that shows a number of wind turbines and how the wind is flowing between them, with the ...

  2. NREL: Technology Deployment - Wind Energy Deployment and Market...

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    Wind Energy Deployment and Market Transformation NREL experts have a broad range of wind energy deployment and market transformation capabilities spanning more than 20 years of ...

  3. New Wind Turbine Dynamometer Test Facility Dedicated at NREL...

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    New Wind Turbine Dynamometer Test Facility Dedicated at NREL November 19, 2013 Today, the ... dynamometer test, a powerful motor replaces the rotor and blades of a wind turbine. ...

  4. NREL Research Proves Wind Can Provide Ancillary Grid Fault Response | Grid

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    Modernization | NREL Research Proves Wind Can Provide Ancillary Grid Fault Response April 1, 2016 Interior of the controllable grid interface test facility, showing a long hallway and shelves full of electronic equipment. The controllable grid interface test facility at the National Wind Technology Center makes it possible to research the effectiveness of wind energy in providing ancillary grid services such as frequency control. Photo by Dennis Schroeder/NREL 27442 Image of a single wind

  5. LBNL/NREL Analysis Predicts Record Low LCOE for Wind Energy in 2012-2013 |

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Department of Energy LBNL/NREL Analysis Predicts Record Low LCOE for Wind Energy in 2012-2013 LBNL/NREL Analysis Predicts Record Low LCOE for Wind Energy in 2012-2013 February 24, 2012 - 11:27am Addthis This is an excerpt from the First Quarter 2012 edition of the Wind Program R&D Newsletter. A recent analysis conducted by the Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory (LBNL) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) suggests that lower capital costs and continued increases in wind

  6. U.S. Distributed Wind Sector Finds Support from NREL

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    Sinclair, Karin

    2015-02-02

    Small and mid-sized wind turbine manufacturers in the United States have led the international distributed wind market in installed capacity for decades. Continued reductions in the cost of distributed wind systems are essential to successfully compete with currently economical photovoltaic systems. Annual capacity additions in 2013 were particularly low. In an effort to reduce the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) of distributed wind systems manufactured in the United States, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has provided funding through the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to support several projects.

  7. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Documents | Department...

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    About Us Business Operations Golden Field Office Golden Field Office Reading Room National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Documents National Renewable Energy ...

  8. NREL: Wind Research - Small Wind Turbine Development

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    Small Wind Turbine Development A photo of Southwest Windpower's Skystream wind turbine in front of a home. PIX14936 Southwest Windpower's Skystream wind turbine. A photo of the ...

  9. NREL: Wind Research - Offshore Wind Resource Characterization

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    Wind Resource Characterization Map of the United States, showing the wind potential of offshore areas across the country. Enlarge image US offshore wind speed estimates at 90-m ...

  10. NREL Signs Agreement With China's National Utility - News Releases | NREL

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    NREL Signs Agreement With China's National Utility Scope of MOU Covers Coordination on Research Projects September 11, 2015 Representatives of the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and China's State Grid Energy Research Institute today signed a first-ever memorandum of understanding between the two organizations. The State Grid Energy Research Institute (SGERI), located in Beijing, is a subsidiary of China's national utility, State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC).

  11. NREL SBV Pilot Wind Technologies

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    capabilities to develop everything at one location-from small residential wind turbines and components to utility-scale offshore wind technologies. With the NWTC, partners...

  12. NREL Technologies Win National Awards

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    September 17, 1997—Technologies developed at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have been selected to receive two 1997 R&D 100 Awards by Research and Development Magazine. The annual awards recognize the years 100 most important, unique and useful innovations. The magazine recognized PV Optics as one of the most important technological advances of 1997. PV Optics is the first computer program capable of accurately analyzing light trapping

  13. NREL Study Shows Power Grid can Accommodate Large Increase in Wind and

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    Solar Generation - News Releases | NREL Study Shows Power Grid can Accommodate Large Increase in Wind and Solar Generation Increased Coordination Over Wider Areas and More Frequent Scheduling Needed; Wind and Solar Significantly Reduce Carbon and Fuel Costs May 20, 2010 The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) today released an initial study assessing the operational impacts and economics of increased contributions from wind and solar energy producers on the power grid. The Western

  14. NREL Recognizes Solar Pioneer with National Honor - News Releases | NREL

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    NREL Recognizes Solar Pioneer with National Honor Annan Directed Federal Research Efforts for More Than Two Decades November 23, 2004 Golden, Colo. - The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has presented the 2004 Paul Rappaport Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Award to Robert "Bud" Annan, who oversaw government-sponsored research into solar energy for more than 20 years. Annan is credited with conceiving and directing research programs that

  15. NREL Seeks Leaders for National Executive Academy - News Releases | NREL

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    NREL Seeks Leaders for National Executive Academy February 13, 2012 Applications are currently being accepted for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) 2012 Executive Energy Leadership Academy (Energy Execs). Energy Execs is a leadership program focused on educating business, community, and government leaders about clean energy solutions through energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. The two Energy Execs learning opportunities are the

  16. NREL: Wind Research - New Video Shows How NREL Is Redefining...

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    New Video Shows How NREL Is Redefining What's Possible for Renewable Energy Through Grid Integration January 23, 2015 NREL is spearheading engineering innovations that will help...

  17. NREL: Wind Research - NREL's WIND Toolkit Provides the Data Needed...

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    by the numerical model. Barometric pressure, wind speed and direction (at 100 m above ground level), relative humidity, temperature, and air density data are available via an...

  18. NREL Energy Models Examine the Potential for Wind and Solar Grid Integration (Fact Sheet)

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    As renewable energy generating sources, such as wind turbines and solar power systems, reach high levels of penetration in parts of the United States, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is helping the utility industry to peer into the future. Using software modeling tools that the lab developed, NREL is examining the future operation of the electrical grid as renewable energy continues to grow.

  19. NREL Hosts Free Workshops on Solar and Wind Energy

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    Workshops on Solar and Wind Energy For more information contact: e:mail: Public Affairs Golden, Colo., Dec. 15, 1999 - Engineers from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) next month will host three workshops on "Solar and Wind Power for Farms and Ranches" at the National Western Stock Show in Denver. The workshops will feature hands-on displays of clean, renewable energy systems that farmers and ranchers can use today. The consumer-oriented

  20. NREL Recognizes Solar Pioneer with National Honor - News Releases | NREL

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    December 21, 2004 Golden, Colo. - The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) today took the first steps toward establishing a joint research institute, one of an anticipated series of partnerships between the two leading organizations for energy research. NREL Director Richard Truly and CSM President John Trefny signed a Memorandum of Understanding, paving the way for a number of planned collaborative efforts, today at

  1. Validation of Simplified Load Equations through Loads Measurement and Modeling of a Small Horizontal-Axis Wind Turbine Tower; NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    Dana, S.; Damiani, R.; vanDam, J.

    2015-05-18

    As part of an ongoing effort to improve the modeling and prediction of small wind turbine dynamics, NREL tested a small horizontal axis wind turbine in the field at the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC). The test turbine was a 2.1-kW downwind machine mounted on an 18-meter multi-section fiberglass composite tower. The tower was instrumented and monitored for approximately 6 months. The collected data were analyzed to assess the turbine and tower loads and further validate the simplified loads equations from the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 61400-2 design standards. Field-measured loads were also compared to the output of an aeroelastic model of the turbine. Ultimate loads at the tower base were assessed using both the simplified design equations and the aeroelastic model output. The simplified design equations in IEC 61400-2 do not accurately model fatigue loads. In this project, we compared fatigue loads as measured in the field, as predicted by the aeroelastic model, and as calculated using the simplified design equations.

  2. NREL: Wind Research - Energy Analysis of Offshore Systems

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    Energy Analysis of Offshore Systems Chart of cost data for actual and projected offshore wind projects as reported by developers. Enlarge image NREL has a long history of ...

  3. Main Bearing Dynamics in Three-Point Suspension Drivetrains for Wind Turbines; National Wind Technology Center (NWTC), NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    Sethuraman, Latha; Guo, Yi; Sheng, Shuangwen

    2015-05-18

    This work discusses the dynamics of main bearing behavior in three-point suspension drivetrains for wind turbines. Three failure mitigation approaches and preliminary results are presented.

  4. NREL Study: Active Power Control of Wind Turbines Can Improve Power Grid

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    Reliability - News Releases | NREL Study: Active Power Control of Wind Turbines Can Improve Power Grid Reliability January 20, 2014 The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), along with partners from the Electric Power Research Institute and the University of Colorado have completed a comprehensive study to understand how wind power technology can assist the power grid by controlling the active power output being placed onto the system. The rest of the power

  5. NREL to Partner with University of Delaware on Offshore Wind Research -

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    News Releases | NREL to Partner with University of Delaware on Offshore Wind Research June 15, 2010 The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the University of Delaware (UD) today announced they will work to facilitate the potential establishment of a test site for commercial wind turbines off the Delaware coast. Under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) worth $500,000 over the next five years, UD will work with federal and

  6. NREL: Wind Research - NREL Heads to Big Easy to Host Collegiate...

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    NREL Heads to Big Easy to Host Collegiate Wind Competition 2016 May 20, 2016 The U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition 2016 begins May 24-less than a week from ...

  7. NREL Collaborates to Improve Wind Turbine Technology (Fact Sheet)

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    2012-01-01

    NREL's Gearbox Reliability Collaborative leads to wind turbine gearbox reliability, lowering the cost of energy. Unintended gearbox failures have a significant impact on the cost of wind farm operations. In 2007, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) initiated the Gearbox Reliability Collaborative (GRC), which follows a multi-pronged approach based on a collaborative of manufacturers, owners, researchers, and consultants. The project combines analysis, field testing, dynamometer testing, condition monitoring, and the development and population of a gearbox failure database. NREL and other GRC partners have been able to identify shortcomings in the design, testing, and operation of wind turbines that contribute to reduced gearbox reliability. In contrast to private investigations of these problems, GRC findings are quickly shared among GRC participants, including many wind turbine manufacturers and equipment suppliers. Ultimately, the findings are made public for use throughout the wind industry. This knowledge will result in increased gearbox reliability and an overall reduction in the cost of wind energy. Project essentials include the development of two redesigned and heavily instrumented representative gearbox designs. Field and dynamometer tests are conducted on the gearboxes to build an understanding of how selected loads and events translate into bearing and gear response. The GRC evaluates and validates current wind turbine, gearbox, gear and bearing analytical tools/models, develops new tools/models, and recommends improvements to design and certification standards, as required. In addition, the GRC is investigating condition monitoring methods to improve turbine reliability. Gearbox deficiencies are the result of many factors, and the GRC team recommends efficient and cost-effective improvements in order to expand the industry knowledge base and facilitate immediate improvements in the gearbox life cycle.

  8. NREL Software Models Performance of Wind Plants (Fact Sheet)

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    2015-01-01

    This NREL Highlight is being developed for the 2015 February Alliance S&T Meeting, and describes NREL's Simulator for Offshore Wind Farm Applications (SOWFA) software in collaboration with Norway-based Statoil, to optimize layouts and controls of wind plants arrays.

  9. NREL Studies Wind Farm Aerodynamics to Improve Siting (Fact Sheet)

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    2012-04-01

    NREL researchers have used high-tech instruments and high-performance computing to understand atmospheric turbulence and turbine wake behavior in order to improve wind turbine design and siting within wind farms.

  10. File:NREL-bhutan-wind.pdf | Open Energy Information

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    File Edit with form History File:NREL-bhutan-wind.pdf Jump to: navigation, search File File history File usage Bhutan - 50m Wind Power Size of this preview: 776 600 pixels. Full...

  11. NREL Computer Models Integrate Wind Turbines with Floating Platforms (Fact Sheet)

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    2011-07-01

    Far off the shores of energy-hungry coastal cities, powerful winds blow over the open ocean, where the water is too deep for today's seabed-mounted offshore wind turbines. For the United States to tap into these vast offshore wind energy resources, wind turbines must be mounted on floating platforms to be cost effective. Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are supporting that development with computer models that allow detailed analyses of such floating wind turbines.

  12. NREL Updates National Solar Radiation Database - News Releases | NREL

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    Updates National Solar Radiation Database May 25, 2007 The Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and collaborators have updated the National Solar Radiation Database, a planning tool that provides critical information about the amount of solar energy that is available at any given location. The database is widely used by solar system designers, building architects and engineers, renewable energy analysts and others to plan, size and site solar energy systems.

  13. NREL: Wind Research - Advanced Research Turbines

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    and meteorological towers upwind are instrumented to collect data. The National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) uses two large turbines to conduct advanced controls research. ...

  14. The National Wind Technology Center

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    Thresher, R.W.; Hock, S.M.; Loose, R.R.; Cadogon, J.B.

    1994-07-01

    Wind energy research began at the Rocky Flats test site in 1976 when Rockwell International subcontracted with the Energy Research and Development Administration (ERDA). The Rocky Flats Plant was competitively selected from a number of ERDA facilities primarily because it experienced high instantaneous winds and provided a large, clear land area. By 1977, several small wind turbines were in place. During the facility`s peak of operation, in 1979-1980, researchers were testing as many as 23 small wind turbines of various configurations, including commercially available machines and prototype turbines developed under subcontract to Rocky Flats. Facilities also included 8-kW, 40-kW, and 225-kW dynamometers; a variable-speed test bed; a wind/hybrid test facility; a controlled velocity test facility (in Pueblo, Colorado); a modal test facility, and a multimegawatt switchgear facility. The main laboratory building was dedicated in July 1981 and was operated by the Rocky Flats Plant until 1984, when the Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI) and Rocky Flats wind energy programs were merged and transferred to SERI. SERI and now the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) continued to conduct wind turbine system component tests after 1987, when most program personnel were moved to the Denver WEst Office Park in Golden and site ownership was transferred back to Rocky Flats. The Combined Experiment test bed was installed and began operation in 1988, and the NREL structural test facility began operation in 1990. In 1993, the site`s operation was officially transferred to the DOE Golden Field Office that oversees NREL. This move was in anticipation of NREL`s renovation and reoccupation of the facility in 1994.

  15. NREL: Wind Power Research - NREL Research Helps Convert Overabundant...

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    NREL Research Helps Convert Overabundant Methane into Useful Products March 18, 2016 Photo of a fermentation vessel cultivating our bacteria to produce lactic acid. Using ...

  16. NREL: Wind Power Research - NREL's Geothermal Experts Present...

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    Charles Visser, geologist, NREL principal scientist, Geothermal Play Fairway Analysis of the Snake River Plain: Phase 1 and GIS Methodology for Geothermal Play Fairway Analysis: ...

  17. NREL Triples Previous Estimates of U.S. Wind Power Potential (Fact Sheet)

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    2011-07-01

    The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently released new estimates of the U.S. potential for wind-generated electricity, using advanced wind mapping and validation techniques to triple previous estimates of the size of the nation's wind resources. The new study, conducted by NREL and AWS TruePower, finds that the contiguous 48 states have the potential to generate up to 37 million gigawatt-hours annually. In comparison, the total U.S. electricity generation from all sources was roughly 4 million gigawatt-hours in 2009.

  18. NREL Names Director for National Center for Photovoltaics - News Releases |

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    NREL NREL Names Director for National Center for Photovoltaics Ryne Raffaelle to join NREL August 31, 2009 July 30, 2009 Photo of Dr. Ryne P. Raffaelle Dr. Ryne P. Raffaelle has been named director of the National Center for Photovoltaics at NREL. Dr. Ryne P. Raffaelle has been named director of the National Center for Photovoltaics at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Raffaelle most recently has been Academic Director for the Golisano

  19. NREL: Technology Transfer - New NREL Report Showcases Potential...

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    New NREL Report Showcases Potential of Domestic Offshore Wind Industry October 5, 2015 Several researchers at the National Wind Technology Center at the National Renewable Energy...

  20. Missing Money--Will the Current Electricity Market Structure Support High (~50%) Wind/Solar?; NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    Milligan, Michael

    2015-05-15

    This presentation summarizes the missing money problem and whether the current electricity market structure will support high penetration levels of wind and solar.

  1. NREL: Water Power Research - Working with Us

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    Working with Us NREL works with industry in a public-private contracting environment to research, design, and build advanced water power technologies. NREL's National Wind ...

  2. NREL: Wind Research - NREL-Statoil Collaborate to Make the First...

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    NREL-Statoil Collaborate to Make the First Multi-Turbine Floating Offshore Array a Reality A photo of a floating wind turbine in the middle of open water. A Hywind floating...

  3. Western Wind Integration Data Set | Grid Modernization | NREL

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    Western Wind Integration Data Set The Western Wind Integration Data Set was designed to help energy professionals perform wind integration studies and estimate power production from hypothetical wind power plants in the United States. Access the Western Wind Integration Data Set Resources ACCESS DATA SET DATA SET REPORT VALIDATION REPORT Methodology 3TIER created the Western Wind Integration Data Set with oversight and assistance from NREL. Numerical weather prediction models were used to

  4. Standard Hydrogen Test Protocols for the NREL Sensor Testing Laboratory (Brochure), NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    Hydrogen Test Protocols for the NREL Sensor Testing Laboratory December 2011 NREL is a national laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, operated by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC. Photo by Robert Burgess, NREL/PIX 18420 0 1 Standard Test Protocols for the NREL Hydrogen Sensor Test Laboratory Researchers at the NREL Hydrogen Safety Sensor Test Laboratory 1 developed a variety of test protocols to quantitatively assess critical

  5. NREL Technologies Win National Awards

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    Programs like these can revolutionize the development of low-cost, high-efficiency solar cells. NREL also earned 1997 R&D 100 honors in a multi-laboratory effort that combined the ...

  6. NREL Technologies Win National Awards

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    "Cutting-edge research by NREL and its industry partners is ... resources such as wood waste or plant material into gas for electric power generation. The new gasification technology ...

  7. NREL: Wind Research - Wind Career Map Shows Wind Industry Career...

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    Wind Career Map Shows Wind Industry Career Opportunities, Paths A screenshot of the wind career map showing the various points on a chart that show different careers in the wind...

  8. NREL Software Aids Offshore Wind Turbine Designs (Fact Sheet)

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    2013-10-01

    NREL researchers are supporting offshore wind power development with computer models that allow detailed analyses of both fixed and floating offshore wind turbines. While existing computer-aided engineering (CAE) models can simulate the conditions and stresses that a land-based wind turbine experiences over its lifetime, offshore turbines require the additional considerations of variations in water depth, soil type, and wind and wave severity, which also necessitate the use of a variety of support-structure types. NREL's core wind CAE tool, FAST, models the additional effects of incident waves, sea currents, and the foundation dynamics of the support structures.

  9. Geographic Information Systems in Support of Wind Energy Activities at NREL: Preprint

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    Geographic Information Systems in Support of Wind Energy Activities at NREL Preprint January 2001 * NREL/CP-500-29164 D.M. Heimiller S.R. Haymes To be presented at the 39 th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting Reno, Nevada January 8-11, 2001 National Renewable Energy Laboratory 1617 Cole Boulevard Golden, Colorado 80401-3393 NREL is a U.S. Department of Energy Laboratory Operated by Midwest Research Institute * * * * Battelle * * * * Bechtel Contract No. DE-AC36-99-GO10337 NOTICE The submitted

  10. NREL Establishes a 1.5-MW Wind Turbine Test Platform for Research Partnerships (Fact Sheet)

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    2012-03-01

    Research turbine supports sustained technology development. For more than three decades, engineers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) have worked with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Wind Program and industry partners to advance wind energy technology, improve wind turbine performance, and reduce the cost of energy. Although there have been dramatic increases in performance and drops in the cost of wind energy-from $0.80 per kilowatt-hour to between $0.06 and $0.08 per kilowatt-hour-the goal of the DOE Wind Program is to further increase performance and reduce the cost of energy for land-based systems so that wind energy can compete with natural gas by 2020. In support of the program's research and development (R and D) efforts, NREL has constructed state-of-the-art facilities at the NWTC where industry partners, universities, and other DOE laboratories can conduct tests and experiments to further advance wind technology. The latest facility to come online is the DOE-GE 1.5-MW wind turbine test platform. Working with DOE, NREL purchased and installed a GE 1.5-MW wind turbine at the NWTC in 2009. Since then, NREL engineers have extensively instrumented the machine, conducted power performance and full-system modal tests, and collected structural loads measurements to obtain baseline characterization of the turbine's power curve, vibration characteristics, and fatigue loads in the uniquely challenging NWTC inflow environment. By successfully completing a baseline for the turbine's performance and structural response, NREL engineers have established a test platform that can be used by industry, university, and DOE laboratory researchers to test wind turbine control systems and components. The new test platform will also enable researchers to acquire the measurements needed to develop and validate wind turbine models and improve design codes.

  11. National Center for Photovoltaics at NREL

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    VanSant, Kaitlyn; Wilson, Greg; Berry, Joseph; Al-Jassim, Mowafak; Kurtz, Sarah

    2014-06-10

    The National Center for Photovoltaics at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) focuses on technology innovations that drive industry growth in U.S. photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing. The NCPV is a central resource for our nation's capabilities in PV research, development, deployment, and outreach.

  12. National Center for Photovoltaics at NREL

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    VanSant, Kaitlyn; Wilson, Greg; Berry, Joseph; Al-Jassim, Mowafak; Kurtz, Sarah

    2013-11-07

    The National Center for Photovoltaics at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) focuses on technology innovations that drive industry growth in U.S. photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing. The NCPV is a central resource for our nation's capabilities in PV research, development, deployment, and outreach.

  13. NREL: Wind Research - One Step Closer to the Marketplace for

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    State-of-the-Art Wind Turbine Drivetrain One Step Closer to the Marketplace for State-of-the-Art Wind Turbine Drivetrain Photo of two men in hard hats engaging in a discussion and standing in front of the 2.5-megawatt dynamometer. NREL researchers are completing testing of a next-generation drivetrain, shown here undergoing rigorous tests at the NWTC's 2.5-megawatt dynamometer. NREL's testing validates the technology prior to commercialization. Shown here are NREL senior engineer and project

  14. Fleet Tools; NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    2015-04-01

    From beverage distributors to shipping companies and federal agencies, industry leaders turn to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to help green their fleet operations. Cost, efficiency, and reliability are top priorities for fleets, and NREL partners know the lab’s portfolio of tools can pinpoint fuel efficiency and emissions-reduction strategies that also support operational the bottom line. NREL is one of the nation’s foremost leaders in medium- and heavy-duty vehicle research and development (R&D) and the go-to source for credible, validated transportation data. NREL developers have drawn on this expertise to create tools grounded in the real-world experiences of commercial and government fleets. Operators can use this comprehensive set of technology- and fuel-neutral tools to explore and analyze equipment and practices, energy-saving strategies, and other operational variables to ensure meaningful performance, financial, and environmental benefits.

  15. Gearbox Reliability Collaborative - Phase 1 and 2 Overview (Presentation), NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    Gearbox Reliability Collaborative - Phase 1 and 2 Overview Sandia Turbine Reliability Workshop Aug 2-3, 2011 Hal Link NREL/PR-5000-52463 NREL PIX # 19222 NATIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY LABORATORY Why GRC? * Wind turbine gearboxes do not last their 20 year design life * Designs must meet design, manufacturer, and testing standards and certification requirements * Problems have occurred throughout the wind industry * Problems range across the turbine design cycle * load characterization * design

  16. NREL Director Arvizu Elected to National Academy of Engineering - News

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    Releases | NREL Director Arvizu Elected to National Academy of Engineering February 6, 2014 Photo of NREL Director Dan Arvizu NREL Director Dan Arvizu Dan Arvizu, director of the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering. Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding

  17. Drivers for the Value of Demand Response under Increased Levels of Wind and Solar Power; NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    Hale, Elaine

    2015-07-30

    Demand response may be a valuable flexible resource for low-carbon electric power grids. However, there are as many types of possible demand response as there are ways to use electricity, making demand response difficult to study at scale in realistic settings. This talk reviews our state of knowledge regarding the potential value of demand response in several example systems as a function of increasing levels of wind and solar power, sometimes drawing on the analogy between demand response and storage. Overall, we find demand response to be promising, but its potential value is very system dependent. Furthermore, demand response, like storage, can easily saturate ancillary service markets.

  18. NREL: Workforce Development and Education Programs - NREL and...

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    and Clemson University Put Wind Turbine Drivetrains to the Test A photo of a large dynamometer at the National Wind Technology Center. NREL's 5-megawatt dynamometer test facility...

  19. NREL: National Center for Photovoltaics Home Page

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    National Center for Photovoltaics Research Cell Efficiency Records Chart image Download the latest chart on record cell efficiencies and check out explanatory notes. The National Center for Photovoltaics (NCPV) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) focuses on technology innovations that drive industry growth in U.S. photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing. The NCPV is a central resource for our nation's capabilities in PV research, development, deployment, and outreach. To help the U.S.

  20. NREL: Wind Research - News Release Archives

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    Inventive Thinkers at NREL Reach Record Number Researchers register ideas on everything from wave power to methane use. December 9, 2015 2014 Data Book Shows Increased Use of ...

  1. NREL: Wind Research - Gearbox Reliability Collaborative

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    In 2007, NREL initiated the Gearbox Reliability Collaborative (GRC). The project combines ... Read about: The Gearbox Reliability Collaborative Gearbox Reliability Collaborative ...

  2. NREL: Solar and Wind Could Provide up to 30% of Electricity on...

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    NREL: Solar and Wind Could Provide up to 30% of Electricity on Eastern Power Grid NREL: Solar and Wind Could Provide up to 30% of Electricity on Eastern Power Grid September 1, ...

  3. Energy Systems Integration: NREL + Raytheon (Fact Sheet), NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    The Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) provides the R&D capabilities needed for private industry, academia, government, and public entities to collaborate on utility- scale solutions for integrating renewable energy and other efficiency technologies into our energy systems. To learn more about the ESIF, visit: www.nrel.gov/esif. NREL + RAYTHEON NREL has partnered with Raytheon Company, Primus Power, and Advanced Energy to

  4. NREL in the Community; NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    2015-02-01

    NREL's Education Center offers a variety of program topics and experiences for student and adult groups addressing renewable energy and energy efficiency innovations and introducing the work of NREL to audiences.

  5. Transport Energy Impact Analysis; NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    Gonder, J.

    2015-05-13

    Presented at the Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways Spring 2015 Symposium on May 13, 2015, this presentation by Jeff Gonder of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) provides information about NREL's transportation energy impact analysis of connected and automated vehicles.

  6. NREL: Wind Research - Eagles are Making Wind Turbines Safer for...

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    A bald eagle named Spirit and a golden eagle named Nova recently helped a team of researchers at the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) collect terabytes of data for a project ...

  7. NREL's Clean Energy Forum Attracts National Investment Community...

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    NREL's Clean Energy Forum Attracts National Investment Community Three clean energy companies honored at awards event November 5, 2009 The U.S. Department of Energy's National ...

  8. NREL's Clean Energy Forum Attracts National Investment Community...

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    NREL's Clean Energy Forum Attracts National Investment Community Four Clean Energy Companies Honored at Awards Event October 30, 2008 The U.S. Department of Energy's National ...

  9. NREL: Energy Analysis - Wind Power Results - Life Cycle Assessment

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    Harmonization Wind LCA Harmonization (Fact Sheet) Cover of the LWind LCA Harmonization Fact Sheet Download the Fact Sheet Wind Power Results - Life Cycle Assessment Harmonization To better understand the state of knowledge of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from utility-scale wind power systems, NREL developed and applied a systematic approach to review life cycle assessment literature, identify sources of variability and, where possible, reduce variability in GHG emissions estimates through

  10. NREL Wind to Hydrogen Project: Renewable Hydrogen Production for Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Storage & Transportation | Department of Energy Wind to Hydrogen Project: Renewable Hydrogen Production for Energy Storage & Transportation NREL Wind to Hydrogen Project: Renewable Hydrogen Production for Energy Storage & Transportation Presented at the Renewable Hydrogen Workshop, Nov. 16, 2009, in Palm Springs, CA renewable_hydrogen_workshop_nov16_ramsden.pdf (1.5 MB) More Documents & Publications Hour-by-Hour Cost Modeling of Optimized Central Wind-Based Water Electrolysis

  11. National Wind Technology Center | NREL

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    and provide government-issued photo identification (for example driver's license, passport, or military ID) to obtain a security badge before entering the site. Foreign...

  12. NREL: Wind Research - Research Staff Biographies

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    ... Lee Jay joined NREL in 1993. For seven years, he was the ... team that designed the 2.5-MW dynamometer currently in use ... tests, and full-system developments for GE, the ...

  13. NWTC Helps Guide U.S. Offshore R&D; NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    2015-07-01

    The National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is helping guide our nation's research-and-development effort in offshore renewable energy, which includes: Design, modeling, and analysis tools; Device and component testing; Resource characterization; Economic modeling and analysis; Grid integration.

  14. NREL Controllable Grid Interface for Testing MW-Scale Wind Turbine...

    Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)

    for Testing MW-Scale Wind Turbine Generators (Poster) Citation Details In-Document Search Title: NREL Controllable Grid Interface for Testing MW-Scale Wind Turbine Generators ...

  15. National Wind Tecnology Center Provides Dual Axis Resonant Blade Testing

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Felker, Fort

    2013-11-13

    NREL's Structural Testing Laboratory at the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) provides experimental laboratories, computer facilities for analytical work, space for assembling components and turbines for atmospheric testing as well as office space for industry researchers. Fort Felker, center director at the NWTC, discusses NREL's state-of-the-art structural testing capabilities and shows a flapwise and edgewise blade test in progress.

  16. National Wind Tecnology Center Provides Dual Axis Resonant Blade Testing

    ScienceCinema (OSTI)

    Felker, Fort

    2014-06-10

    NREL's Structural Testing Laboratory at the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) provides experimental laboratories, computer facilities for analytical work, space for assembling components and turbines for atmospheric testing as well as office space for industry researchers. Fort Felker, center director at the NWTC, discusses NREL's state-of-the-art structural testing capabilities and shows a flapwise and edgewise blade test in progress.

  17. NREL: Technology Deployment - Collegiate Wind Competition Prepares...

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    shown working on an engine atop a wind turbine with mountains and blue sky in the background. ... The Collegiate Wind Competition challenges undergraduate students to design a wind ...

  18. NREL: Transmission Grid Integration - Wind Integration Datasets

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    Wind Integration Datasets The datasets below provide energy professionals with a consistent set of ... Eastern and Western Wind Datasets WIND Toolkit Solar Integration Datasets ...

  19. National Wind Technology Center (Fact Sheet)

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    Not Available

    2011-12-01

    This overview fact sheet is one in a series of information fact sheets for the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC). Wind energy is one of the fastest growing electricity generation sources in the world. NREL's National Wind Technology Center (NWTC), the nation's premier wind energy technology research facility, fosters innovative wind energy technologies in land-based and offshore wind through its research and testing facilities and extends these capabilities to marine hydrokinetic water power. Research and testing conducted at the NWTC offers specialized facilities and personnel and provides technical support critical to the development of advanced wind energy systems. From the base of a system's tower to the tips of its blades, NREL researchers work side-by-side with wind industry partners to increase system reliability and reduce wind energy costs. The NWTC's centrally located research and test facilities at the foot of the Colorado Rockies experience diverse and robust wind patterns ideal for testing. The NWTC tests wind turbine components, complete wind energy systems and prototypes from 400 watts to multiple megawatts in power rating.

  20. NREL: Learning - Student Resources on Wind Energy

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    Wind Energy Photo of a girl and a boy standing beneath a large wind turbine. Students can learn about wind energy by visiting a wind farm. The following resources can provide you ...

  1. National Labs Gather at NREL for Innovative Summit | Grid Modernization |

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    NREL National Labs Gather at NREL for Innovative Summit May 23, 2016 A man stands in front of microphones at a podium. Assistant Secretary David Danielson closes the EERE National Lab Impact Summit held at NREL. Photo by Dennis Schroeder Fostering clean energy technologies requires collaboration between industry, the Energy Department, and its 17 national laboratories. The nearly 300 people present at the National Lab Impact Initiative Summit earlier this month witnessed this vision

  2. NREL: Wind Research - NREL, Collaborators Complete Gearbox of...

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    can increase reliability, decrease mass, improve efficiency, and reduce the cost of wind energy. In addition, the design can scale up to ratings as high as 10 megawatts (MW) while...

  3. NREL: Wind Research - NWTC Engineer Wins Prestigious International

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    Electrotechnical Commission Award NWTC Engineer Wins Prestigious International Electrotechnical Commission Award Group photo of members of the IEC Renewable Energy Wind Energy Operational Management Committee with snow-capped mountains in the background. Members of the IEC Renewable Energy Wind Energy Operational Management Committee led by Jeroen van Dam at NREL. Photo by Bachmann Electronics April 5, 2016 Jeroen van Dam is proving that a single person can have a global impact. A principal

  4. NREL: Wind Research - Offshore Design Tools and Methods

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    Design Tools and Methods Graphic of a modular depiction of the FAST tool, which includes aerodynamics, hydrodynamics, control and electrical system dynamics, and structural dynamics modules. NREL's CAE Tool, FAST, and its Sub-Modules Illustration of wind turbines in various environments including land-based, shallow water (0-30m), transitional depth (30-60m), and deep water floating (greater than 60m). FAST has the capability of modeling a wide range of offshore wind system configurations

  5. Feedstocks (Poster), NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory...

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    Feedstocks Customized milling and continuous handling of a wide variety of feedstocks Integrated Biorefi nery Research Facility | NREL * Golden, Colorado | December 2011 | NREL...

  6. NREL Announces Leaders for National Executive Education Program - News

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    Releases | NREL NREL Announces Leaders for National Executive Education Program May 18, 2011 The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has selected 20 national leaders to participate in its 2011 Executive Energy Leadership program (Energy Execs), a premier leadership program focused on delivering clean energy solutions. The five-month program gives executive decision-makers throughout the United States an in-depth look at renewable energy and energy

  7. NREL Solar Researcher Named to National Academy of Engineering - News

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    Releases | NREL NREL Solar Researcher Named to National Academy of Engineering March 3, 2005 Golden, Colo. - Dr. Lawrence Kazmerski, a researcher at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) since its inception, has been elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Membership in the academy is one of the highest honors accorded an engineer, bestowed on those in the profession who have made outstanding contributions to engineering research,

  8. NREL: Wind Research - News Release Archives

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    2 September 25, 2012 Wind Energy Research Institutes Join Forces at the Inaugural Meeting of the North American Wind Energy Academy The North American Wind Energy Academy held its ...

  9. NREL Announces Participants in National Executive Education Program...

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    May 23, 2013 The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has selected ... Kelly de la Torre - de la Torre Law, LLC Thom Johnson - Eaton Energy Solutions, Inc. ...

  10. Fleet Tools (Brochure), NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory...

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    From beverage distributors to shipping companies and federal agencies, industry leaders turn to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to help green their fleet ...

  11. NREL: Wind Research - Dynamometer Test Facilities

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    Dynamometer test configuration for a wind turbine drivetrain. Enlarge image Dynamometers ... dynamometer test, a powerful motor replaces the rotor and blades of a wind turbine. ...

  12. NREL: Wind Research - Regional Test Centers

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    To increase the availability of small wind turbine testing and share field expertise, the ... capable of providing certification testing services to the small wind turbine industry. ...

  13. NREL: Wind Research - Market Acceleration and Deployment

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    Market Acceleration and Deployment Three participants in the Collegiate Wind Competition work on computer components of a small wind turbine. Photo by U.S. Department of Energy ...

  14. NREL: Wind Research - News Release Archives

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    impacts from wind, coal, or natural gas power generation projects. August 10, 2011 MISO Furthers Wind Integration into Market Renewable energy resources can participate ...

  15. NREL: Energy Analysis - Wind Technology Analysis

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    Grid Operational Impact Analysis The wind program will address the variable, normally uncontrollable nature of wind power plant output, and the additional needs that its operation ...

  16. NREL: International Activities - Philippines Wind Resource Maps...

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    A map depicting wind resources at 100 meters of the republic of the Philippines. Additional Resources Wind Prospector A web-based GIS applications designed to support resource ...

  17. NREL: Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Research - National Fuel Cell Technology

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    Evaluation Center National Fuel Cell Technology Evaluation Center The National Fuel Cell Technology Evaluation Center (NFCTEC) at NREL's Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) plays a crucial role in NREL's independent, third-party analysis of hydrogen fuel cell technologies in real-world operation. The NFCTEC is designed for secure management, storage, and processing of proprietary data from industry. Access to the off-network NFCTEC is limited to NREL's Technology Validation Team,

  18. NREL Seeks Leaders for National Executive Education Program - News Releases

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    | NREL NREL Seeks Leaders for National Executive Education Program February 17, 2010 Applications are currently being accepted for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) 2010 Executive Energy Leadership program (Energy Execs). Energy Execs is a leadership program focused on educating business, community and government leaders about clean energy solutions through renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. The 5-month leadership program gives

  19. NREL Seeks Leaders for National Executive Energy Academy - News Releases |

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    NREL Seeks Leaders for National Executive Energy Academy December 12, 2013 The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is accepting applications for its 2014 Executive Energy Leadership Academy. NREL's Executive Energy Leadership Academy, also known as Energy Execs, is a program for non-technical decision-makers throughout the country to learn about renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, analytical tools and financing. Leaders in government, communities,

  20. NREL Seeks Leaders for National Executive Energy Academy 2013 - News

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    Releases | NREL Seeks Leaders for National Executive Energy Academy 2013 January 30, 2013 Applications are currently being accepted for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) 2013 Executive Energy Leadership Academy. NREL's Executive Energy Leadership Academy, also known as Energy Execs, is a leadership program for non-technical decision-makers throughout the country to learn about renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, analytical tools

  1. NREL Seeks National Executive Energy Leadership Academy Participants for

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    2015 - News Releases | NREL Seeks National Executive Energy Leadership Academy Participants for 2015 December 15, 2014 The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is accepting applications for its 2015 Executive Energy Leadership Academy. NREL's Executive Energy Leadership Academy, also known as Energy Execs, is a program which enables decision-makers throughout the country to learn about renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, analytical tools and

  2. NREL Seeks Participants for 2016 National Executive Energy Leadership

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    Program - News Releases | NREL Seeks Participants for 2016 National Executive Energy Leadership Program February 23, 2016 The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is now accepting applications for its 2016 Executive Energy Leadership Program. NREL's Executive Energy Leadership Program, also known as Energy Execs, provides non-technical business, governmental, and community leaders throughout the country an opportunity to learn about renewable energy and energy

  3. Advanced Wind Turbine Controls Reduce Loads (Fact Sheet)

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Not Available

    2012-03-01

    NREL's National Wind Technology Center provides the world's only dedicated turbine controls testing platforms.

  4. National Skills Assessment of the U.S. Wind Industry in 2012

    Wind Powering America (EERE)

    NREL is a national laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Operated by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC This report is available at no cost from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) at www.nrel.gov/publications. Contract No. DE-AC36-08GO28308 A National Skills Assessment of the U.S. Wind Industry in 2012 M. Leventhal and S. Tegen Technical Report NREL/TP-7A30-57512 June 2013 NREL is a national laboratory of the U.S.

  5. NREL: Wind Research - News Release Archives

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    0 October 27, 2010 Offshore Wind Energy Poised to Play a Vital Role in Future U.S. Energy Markets A new report analyzes the current state of the offshore wind energy industry in ...

  6. NREL: Wind Research - News Release Archives

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    ... June 3, 2013 DOE Releases Wind Powering America Impact Study DOE released an independent review of Wind Powering America that assessed the impacts of the WPA activity both in ...

  7. NREL: Wind Research - Systems Engineering Home Page

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    Illustration of a wind farm with a town in the background and a crane lifting the turbine blades onto the last turbine. A complete wind energy system includes the plant's energy ...

  8. SWAY/NREL Collaboration on Offshore Wind System Testing and Analysis: Cooperative Research and Development Final Report, CRADA Number CRD-11-459

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Robertson, Amy

    2015-02-01

    This shared resources CRADA defines collaborations between the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and SWAY. Under the terms and conditions described in this CRADA agreement, NREL and SWAY will collaborate on the SWAY 1/5th-scale floating wind turbine demonstration project in Norway. NREL and SWAY will work together to obtain measurement data from the demonstration system to perform model validation.

  9. Wind Integration Data Sets | Grid Modernization | NREL

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    Wind Farm Growth Through the Years Wind Farm Growth Through the Years August 6, 2013 - 8:32am Addthis 1975 Start Slow Stop Year Wind Farms Homes Powered Added Current Year 833 Wind Farms Online. Enough to Power 15 M Homes Data provided by the EIA. The number of homes powered is estimated through conversion factors provided by the EIA. Daniel Wood Daniel Wood Data Visualization and Cartographic Specialist, Office of Public Affairs As we publish the 2012 Wind Technologies Market Report, we are

  10. NREL Wind Integrated System Design and Engineering Model

    Energy Science and Technology Software Center (OSTI)

    2013-09-30

    NREL_WISDEM is an integrated model for wind turbines and plants developed In python based on the open source software OpenMDAO. NREL_WISDEM is a set of wrappers for various wind turbine and models that integrate pre-existing models together into OpenMDAO. It is organized into groups each with their own repositories including Plant_CostSE. Plant_EnergySE, Turbine_CostSE and TurbineSE. The wrappers are designed for licensed and non-licensed models though in both cases, one has to have access to andmore » install the individual models themselves before using them in the overall software platform.« less

  11. National Wind | Open Energy Information

    Open Energy Info (EERE)

    Wind Jump to: navigation, search Name: National Wind Place: Minneapolis, Minnesota Zip: 55402 Sector: Wind energy Product: Wind project developer in the upper Midwest and Plains...

  12. NREL: Wind Research - Research and Development

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    simulation tools to produce realistic models of wind and water power technologies in complex environments Analyze turbine connectivity with the utility grid to increase the amount ...

  13. NREL: Wind Research - Structural Testing Laboratory

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    and improve new blade designs, analyze blade structural properties, and improve their manufacturing processes. As wind turbines grow in size and their blades become longer and...

  14. NREL Develops Simulations for Wind Plant Power and Turbine Loads (Fact Sheet)

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    Not Available

    2012-04-01

    NREL researchers are the first to use a high-performance computing tool for a large-eddy simulation of an entire wind plant.

  15. NREL Wind to Hydrogen Project: Renewable Hydrogen Production for Energy Storage & Transportation (Presentation)

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Ramsden, T.; Harrison, K.; Steward, D.

    2009-11-16

    Presentation about NREL's Wind to Hydrogen Project and producing renewable hydrogen for both energy storage and transporation, including the challenges, sustainable pathways, and analysis results.

  16. NREL Director Arvizu Named Chair of National Science Board -...

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    NREL Director Dan Arvizu Dan Arvizu, director of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, has been elected Chairman of the National Science Board. The ...

  17. NREL teams with Dutch Energy Research Center - News Releases | NREL

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    NREL teams with Dutch Energy Research Center Collaboration expected in energy analysis, wind and photovoltaic research May 28, 2009 The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has signed a research collaboration agreement with the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN). NREL and ECN will join forces on areas such as policy studies, energy analysis, wind energy and solar photovoltaic energy. The cooperation between ECN and NREL ranges from an

  18. NREL: Wind Research - Data and Resources

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    Through this growing community, users can view, edit, add, and download data. Wind Energy Basics The turbines in use around the world today are nothing like the windmills used in ...

  19. NREL: Wind Research - News Release Archives

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    Spain is also saving large sums of money in the process. November 11, 2008 Puget Sound Energy Files to Pass on Wind Financial Benefits to Customers Puget Sound Energy (PSE) wants ...

  20. Transportation Deployment; NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    2015-06-01

    Automakers, commercial fleet operators, component manufacturers, and government agencies all turn to the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to help put more green vehicles on the road. The lab’s independent analysis and evaluation pinpoint fuel-efficient and low-emission strategies to support economic and operational goals, while breaking down barriers to widespread adoption. Customized assessment of existing equipment and practices, energy-saving alternatives, operational considerations, and marketplace realities factor in the multitude of variables needed to ensure meaningful performance, financial, and environmental benefits. NREL provides integrated, unbiased, 360-degree sustainable transportation deployment expertise encompassing alternative fuels, advanced vehicles, and related infrastructure. Hands-on support comes from technical experts experienced in advanced vehicle technologies, fleet operations, and field data collection coupled with extensive modeling and analysis capabilities. The lab’s research team works closely with automakers and vehicle equipment manufacturers to test, analyze, develop, and evaluate high-performance fuel-efficient technologies that meet marketplace needs.

  1. NREL Collaborative Improves the Reliability of Wind Turbine Gearboxes (Fact Sheet)

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    Not Available

    2013-09-01

    Gearbox failures have a significant impact on the cost of wind farm operations. To help minimize gearbox failures, in 2007 the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) initiated the Gearbox Reliability Collaborative (GRC), which consists of manufacturers, owners, researchers, and consultants. Based on all the lessons learned from the past five years, the GRC has now produced a new and improved design, which is projected to yield an operating lifetime of 12 years, more than triple that of the previous redesigned gearbox. The GRC findings will result in increased gearbox reliability and an overall reduction in the cost of wind energy.

  2. NREL: Wind Research - Small Wind Turbine Independent Testing

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    Small Wind Turbine Independent Testing One of the barriers for the small wind market has been the lack of small wind turbine systems that are independently tested and certified. To ...

  3. NREL: Wind Research - Grid Integration of Offshore Wind

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    Grid Integration of Offshore Wind Photograph of a wind turbine in the ocean. Located about 10 kilometers off the coast of Arklow, Ireland, the Arklow Bank offshore wind park ...

  4. Argentina-NREL Bi-National Energy Working Group | Open Energy...

    Open Energy Info (EERE)

    Argentina-NREL Cooperation AgencyCompany Organization National Renewable Energy Laboratory Sector Energy Topics Background analysis Website http:www.nrel.govinternatio...

  5. Wind Vision. A New Era for Wind Power in the United States (Executive Summary, Full Report, and Appendices); U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    None, None

    2015-03-02

    The Wind Vision analysis demonstrates the economic value that wind power can bring to the nation, a value exceeding the costs of deployment. Wind’s environmental benefits can address key societal challenges such as climate change, air quality and public health, and water scarcity. Wind deployment can provide U.S. jobs, U.S. manufacturing, and lease and tax revenues in local communities to strengthen and support a transition of the nation’s electricity sector towards a low-carbon U.S. economy. The path needed to achieve 10% wind by 2020, 20% by 2030, and 35% by 2050 requires new tools, priorities, and emphases beyond those forged by the wind industry in growing to 4.5% of current U.S. electricity demand. Consideration of new strategies and updated priorities as identified in the Wind Vision could provide substantial positive outcomes for future generations.

  6. Kaw Nation - Wind Energy Project

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Project Wind Energy Project Pre Pre - - Development Phase Development Phase Bob Gaddis, P.E., P.G. Bob Gaddis, P.E., P.G. Utilities Commissioner & Utilities Commissioner & Acting Director Acting Director Renewable Energy Renewable Energy Development on Tribal Development on Tribal Lands Lands FY 2003 FY 2003 - - 06 Project 06 Project Dept. of Energy NREL Dept. of Energy NREL Oct 17 Oct 17 - - 20, 2005 20, 2005 Radisson Hotel Radisson Hotel Denver Stapleton Plaza Denver Stapleton Plaza

  7. NREL Picks 20 Leaders for National Executive Education Program - News

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    Releases | NREL Picks 20 Leaders for National Executive Education Program June 1, 2010 Photo of a large group of people standing under a blue sky. Additional photos available upon request. The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has selected 20 national leaders to participate in its 2010 Executive Energy Leadership program (Energy Execs), a premier leadership program focused on educating business, community and government leaders about clean energy

  8. New Siemens Research Turbine Commissioned at NREL - News Releases...

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    New Siemens Research Turbine Commissioned at NREL Government-industry R&D partnership is ... a new 2.3 megawatt Siemens wind turbine at NREL's National Wind Technology Center. ...

  9. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) 2006 Research Review

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    Not Available

    2007-07-01

    This 2006 issue of the NREL Research Review again reveals just how vital and diverse our research portfolio has become. Our feature story looks at how our move to embrace the tenants of "translational research" is strengthening our ability to meet the nation's energy goals. By closing the gap between basic science and applied research and development (R&D)--and focusing a bright light on the valuable end uses of our work--translational research promises to shorten the time it takes to push new technology off the lab bench and into the marketplace. This issue also examines our research into fuels of the future and our computer modeling of wind power deployment, both of which point out the real-world benefits of our work.

  10. File:NREL-50m-Alaska-Wind-Map.pdf | Open Energy Information

    Open Energy Info (EERE)

    File Edit with form History File:NREL-50m-Alaska-Wind-Map.pdf Jump to: navigation, search File File history File usage Alaska 50m Wind Resource (PDF) Size of this preview: 776 ...