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Wind power is a key renewable source of energy, accounting for nearly 5 percent of electricity produced in the United States. At PNNL, we're committed to advancing wind energy through our expertise in atmospheric sciences, modeling, data management, and market analysis. Recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy's Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO) as a leader in wind power research, our work focuses on improving ways to forecast wind patterns, optimize wind farms, and integrate wind energy with the power grid.

  • Block Island Wind Farm is the U.S.'s first commercial offshore wind farm

    Wind and Wildlife Interactions: A World-Wide Solution Cannot Be "One Size Fits All"

    International group researches adaptive management to reduce wind energy and wildlife interactions. Adaptive management has the potential to reduce scientific uncertainty and improve policies and practices for future wind development. It may also advance the wind energy industry while simultaneously reducing environmental effects.

  • ThermalTracker

    ThermalTracker: The Secret Lives of Bats and Birds Revealed

    Offshore wind developers and stakeholders can accelerate the sustainable, widespread deployment of offshore wind using a new open-source software program called ThermalTracker. Researchers can now collect the data they need to better understand the potential effects of offshore wind turbines on bird and bat populations.

  • The Buoy is Back: What Data Can Tell Us About Offshore Wind

    The Buoy is Back: What Data Can Tell Us About Offshore Wind

    After a 19-month deployment off the coast of Virginia, one of PNNL's research buoys has returned to shore where researchers can analyze the data recorded by the buoy. The data revealed a few major takeaways that will inform future buoy deployments, including the times and conditions when data measurement is most accurate.

  • How the Wind Blows

    How the Wind Blows

    Scientists at PNNL worked with partners to study the effect of different variables in forecasting wind speed and power at turbine hub heights. Using a range of values as opposed to values that were previously viewed as constants, the team found depending on the variables chosen, wind power could range from 20 to 100 percent of the rated power during select time periods.

  • The Ultimate Wind Energy Research Assistant: WREN Hub

    The Ultimate Wind Energy Research Assistant: WREN Hub

    A PNNL-developed website called Tethys supports a growing community of researchers, regulators, and developers in the areas of wind and marine energy. Tethys added a resource called WREN Hub to provide users with an easily searchable database of white papers and scientific reports regarding how wind energy devices impact wildlife.

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