Skip Navigation to main content U.S. Department of Energy Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Bringing you a prosperous future where energy is clean, abundant, reliable, and affordable
Wind Program
About the ProgramResearch and DevelopmentDeploymentFinancial OpportunitiesInformation ResourcesHome
New England Wind Forum

 
News

Study Finds Wind Power Cost Competitive with Natural Gas

April 7, 2014

World Wind Energy Association Publishes Small Wind Report

April 7, 2014

EPA Publishes On-Site Renewable Energy Generation Guide for Local Governments

March 24, 2014

More News

Subscribe to News Updates

Events

Stakeholder Engagement and Outreach Webinar: The 2014 Farm Bill's Renewable Energy for America Program

May 21, 2014

More Events

Publications
generic image for publication

The Statewide Economic Impact of Wind Energy Development in Oklahoma: An Input-Output Analysis by Parts Examination

March 26, 2014

More Publications

Features
Sign up for the New England Wind Forum Newsletter.

New England Wind Forum

About the New England Wind Forum

New England Wind Energy Education Project

Historic Wind Development in New England

State Activities

Projects in New England

Building Wind Energy in New England
Wind Resource
Wind Power Technology
Economics
Markets
Siting
Policy
Technical Challenges
Issues
Small Wind
Large Wind

Newsletter

Perspectives

Events


Bookmark and Share

Wind Power Technology

Modern wind turbines have become sophisticated power plants while the concept of converting wind energy to electrical energy remains quite simple. Follow these links to learn more about the science behind wind turbine technology.

Wind Power Animation

An image of a scene from the wind power animation.

The animation shows how moving air rotates a wind turbine's blades and describes how the internal components work to produce electricity. It shows small and large wind turbines and the differences between how they are used, as stand alone or connected to the utility grid.

How Wind Turbines Work

Learn how wind turbines make electricity; what are the types, sizes, and applications of wind turbines; and see an illustration of the components inside a wind turbine.

Wind Research and Development

Read about how wind research conducted at the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) has led to the development of multi-megawatt wind turbines that produce electricity at a cost that is starting to compete with conventional energy sources in the marketplace. To make wind energy fully cost competitive and increase wind energy development, researchers at the NWTC are working in partnership with industry to develop larger, more efficient, utility-scale wind turbines for land-based and offshore installations, as well as more efficient, quieter small wind turbines for distributed applications. Read about current research projects, how to work with the NWTC, its facilities and staff, and more.

Wind Power Technology Applied in an Off-Shore Setting

  • Offshore Wind Technology Overview (PDF 1.4 MB) Download Adobe Reader

    Provides insights into the technology, technology challenges, and potential for off-shore wind development.

Printable Version


Skip footer navigation to end of page.