Wind Power Research

Bill Scanlon - April 23, 2015

Wind Energy Data: The (Scientific) Flight of the Falcon

A trained falcon named Houdini darts and soars next to a wind power plant in the shadow of the Colorado Rockies, gathering radar data that could someday save the lives of his avian...

- February 02, 2015

Carbon Nanoballs Can Transform the Renewable Energy Supply

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have discovered that the insulation plastic used in high-voltage cables can withstand a 26 per cent higher voltage if nanometer-sized...

Bill Scanlon - October 17, 2014

New Software Modeling Tool a Boon for Wind Industry

Wind energy is blowing away skeptics — it's so close to achieving cost parity with fossil fuels that just a little extra efficiency is all that is likely needed to push it into the...

- July 07, 2014

Researchers Developing Supercomputer to Tackle Grid Challenges

"Big data" is playing an increasingly big role in the renewable energy industry and the transformation of the nation's electrical grid, and no single entity provides a better tool for...

Alex Demas - February 11, 2014

Mapping the United States' Wind Turbines

Wind energy is one of the fastest-growing sectors of renewable energy in the United States. About 3% of the total electricity in the United States was generated by wind turbines in...

- January 07, 2014

New Test Facility to Improve Wind Turbines

Premature failures of mechanical systems have a significant impact on the cost of wind turbine operations and thus the total cost of wind energy. Recently, the Energy Department's National...

Ron Flavin - November 01, 2013

An Overview of US Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy Funding Programs

The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program was officially launched in 2009 as the result of the 2007 America COMPETES Act, which was signed by President George W....

- July 11, 2013

Scientists Go Eye to Eye with Renewable Energy Research

Joysticks, 3-D glasses, and room-sized stereoscopic views of some of the tiniest things in the universe — scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory...

- May 27, 2013

Not Just Blowing in the Wind: Compressing Air for Renewable Energy Storage

Enough Northwest wind energy to power about 85,000 homes each month could be stored in porous rocks deep underground for later use, according to a new, comprehensive study. Researchers...

- May 03, 2013

Wind Power — Even without the Wind

Offshore wind could provide abundant electricity — but as with solar energy, this power supply can be intermittent and unpredictable. But a new approach from researchers at MIT could...

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