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May 5, 2016
Meet the Collegiate Wind Competition 2016 Teams: Part 3

With weeks to go before the U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition 2016, we are pleased to introduce our final teams who hail from the University of Maryland, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Massachusetts Lowell, and University of Wisconsin–Madison.

These teams are putting all of their creativity and determination into innovative projects that have the potential to change the world. Read-on to discover their strategies for success.

April 29, 2016
Meet the Collegiate Wind Competition 2016 Teams: Part 2

As the U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition 2016 draws another week closer and the teams make their final preparations for travel, we have four more teams to spotlight participating in the competition this year in New Orleans, Louisiana. This week, meet the teams from Northern Arizona University, The Pennsylvania State University, Universidad del Turabo, and University of Alaska Fairbanks.

From the frigid north of Alaska to the tropical island of Puerto Rico, this year's competition shows that wind energy can be found all over the globe.

April 22, 2016
PHOTOS: 11 Carbon-Fighting Energy Technologies

Scroll through the photo gallery to see just a few of the ways the Energy Department is addressing climate change through technologies that cut carbon pollution, grow the economy and protect the planet.

April 21, 2016
Meet the Collegiate Wind Competition 2016 Teams: Part 1

The U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition 2016 kicks off Monday, May 23 with the competitors testing their wind technology and concluding on Wednesday, May 25 at the American Wind Energy Association WINDPOWER conference in New Orleans. The Collegiate Wind Competition will gather 12 teams of talented university students from across the country for an intense competition to showcase their advancements in wind energy.

April 15, 2016
National Bat Appreciation Day

April 17 is National Bat Appreciation Day. Bats are amazing and helpful creatures, which is why DOE is serious about finding ways to keep them safe.

April 11, 2016
Project team members from WFIP 2 meet at the Biglow Canyon Wind Farm, a data-collection site in Sherman County, Oregon. Photo courtesy: Justin Sharp/Vaisala
Testing the Wind in the Columbia River Gorge

Deep in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge in Washington and Oregon, an extensive data collection effort is underway. It’s all part of the Wind Forecasting Improvement Project in Complex Terrain’s (WFIP 2) effort to improve wind forecasts. From October 2015 through mid-2017, scientists will collect and analyze meteorological data in order to improve wind forecasts in regions of complex terrain, such as mountains, valleys, and river gorges. Our aim is to generate better forecasts that will help make wind power more reliable, efficient, and easier to integrate into the power grid.

March 28, 2016
DOE’s 1.5-MW wind turbine at the National Wind Technology Center is being used to demonstrate that wind farms can provide the frequency-responsive back-up or “ancillary services” currently supplied to the electrical grid by conventional power plants. (Photo by Dennis Schroeder/National Renewable Energy Laboratory)
DOE Explores Potential of Wind Power to Stabilize Electric Grids

A team at DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory is exploring the capability of wind energy to stabilize the nation's electrical grid when conventional power plants shut down. A 1.5 megawatt wind turbine, connected to a cutting edge grid simulator, is being tested at the National Wind Technology Center.

March 24, 2016
NREL researchers are completing testing of a next-generation drivetrain, shown here undergoing rigorous tests at the National Wind Technology Center’s 2.5-megawatt dynamometer. NREL’s testing validates the technology prior to commercialization. Shown here are NREL senior engineer and project lead Jonathan Keller (left) and DOE technology manager Nick Johnson. Photo by Malone Media.
Innovative Drivetrain Testing for Wind Turbines Nears Completion

Wind turbines wouldn't do their job without a drivetrain--and EERE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory has developed a new system that promises greater efficiency at less cost.

March 21, 2016
Carnegie Mellon University recognized the University of Pennsylvania's DR-Advisor team as the top winner at its inaugural Allegheny Region Cleantech University Prize in March. Dr. Grace M. Bochenek, director of the National Energy Technology Laboratory (left) and Dr. Jared Cohon, director of Carnegie Mellon's Scott Institute for Energy Innovation (right) presented the winnings to Professor Rahul Mangharam (second from left), Dr. Madhur Behl (second from right), and Kuk Jiang (not pictured).
Carnegie Mellon Launches Allegheny Region Cleantech University Prize

The Energy Department's Cleantech University Prize competition traveled to the campus of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh for the first-ever Allegheny Region contest. A team from the University of Pennsylvania, which has developed a data-drive model for predicting a building’s power consumption, was crowned the winner and took home the $50,000 prize. Teams from the University of Maryland, Drexel University, and Carnegie Mellon University also secured additional prize money.

March 16, 2016
Eagles are Making Wind Turbines Safer for Birds

National Labs and industry researchers are using eagles to develop technology to prevent bird collisions with wind turbines.