Researchers study links across U.S. grids to move renewable energy & share capacity

This article was originally published by Iowa State University. Read it in its entirety here. The nearly 4,000 wind turbines all over the Iowa countryside, totaling more than 6,900 MW, provided almost 37% of all in-state electricity production in 2016. That’s enough to power about 1.8 million homes. But, on cool, windy days, when production

NREL study shows India can integrate 175 GW of renewables into its electric grid

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has confirmed the technical and economic viability of integrating 175 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy into India’s grid by 2022. Working with the Ministry of Power and USAID — with co-sponsorship from the World Bank (ESMAP) and the 21st Century Power Partnership — NREL; Power

What a U.S. grid modernization might look like

But we may not be taking full advantage of these resources, due to the seam that separates our power systems. Grid modernization is in order.

2015 Cost of Wind Energy Review (a 2017 publication)

This report uses representative utility-scale projects to estimate the levelized cost of wind energy (LCOE) for land-based and offshore wind plants in the United States. Data and results detailed here are derived from 2015 commissioned plants.

What journal bearings may contribute to wind turbine gearboxes

Journal bearings show promise in the planetary stage of wind turbine gearboxes.

Improving the analysis of gear-oil debris with a compact filter

Often discarded during regular maintenance, filters trap potentially valuable wear data that may not be collected or analyzed consistently using more standard, periodic oil analysis.

Flex power storage combines wind & solar for utility, commercial, & industrial users

The Flex solution is a versatile, standardized energy storage platform for utility, commercial and industrial users.

SMA system selected for storage test at NREL’s National Wind Technology Center

Renewable Energy Systems (RES) will use SMA’s power-conversion system for a 1-MW battery pilot project at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) — a  premier wind-energy technology research facility. Using the proven RESolve energy storage system, the project will test various components of energy storage and educate

The manufacturing evolution of wind-turbine blades

By Michelle Froese Senior Editor, Windpower Engineering & Development Wind-turbine blade manufacturing has come a long way over the last couple decades. Just ask Derek Berry, a Senior Engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, and the Director of the Wind Turbine Technology Area within the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing

Funding for wind energy research may be on the line

Congressman Dave Loebsack (D-IA) and Congressman Mike Coffman (R-CO) need your help to find co-signers for their letter requesting funding for the Department of Energy’s Wind Energy Program.