Assessing Deployable Wind Turbines to Meet Defense and Disaster Response Energy Needs

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Wind Energy Technologies Office


February 13, 2020

Looking to ENERGIZE Your Career?

Are you an engineer or scientist interested in working for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)? EERE is searching for enthusiastic, driven and committed professionals to fill our vacant positions.

EERE’s Wind Energy Technologies Office has posted a vacancy for an aerospace engineer, and is accepting applications through Wednesday, February 19.

DOE also has Direct Hire Authority for General Engineers and Physical Scientists that allows EERE to hire more quickly than through the traditional government hiring process. If you’re interested in one of these positions, please email and include your name, the best way you can be reached, and the position and EERE office that interests you. Then attach your resume.

PLEASE NOTE: Do not include personal information in your resume. We do NOT want you to include your social security number, photos of you, information about your age or gender, or any government-sensitive information.

If EERE is interested after reviewing your resume, the DOE Human Capital office will contact you to request a transcript demonstrating that your educational background meets the basic eligibility requirements of the position in question.

For more information, visit our Employment Opportunities at EERE page, and see what jobs are available right now on our Job Vacancies page. If you're a student looking for an internship, read more at the Internships and Fellowships page.

Deployable Wind Turbines in Defense and Disaster Response

DOE’s Sandia National Laboratories recently published a report that assesses the opportunity for deployable wind energy systems to meet the energy needs of defense and disaster response activities. This market assessment, conducted with partners at DOE’s Idaho National Laboratory and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, summarizes information gathered from public reports, recent conferences on defense energy needs, and direct interviews with military and industry stakeholders.

Read the report to learn about the challenges and strategies of the U.S. military to develop alternatives to liquid fuel use to support foreign defense and humanitarian activities, and the opportunities to develop optimal deployable wind technologies that can provide valuable energy globally.

To learn more about the D3T project, see our new fact sheet.

U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Office Offers $125.5M for Research Projects

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) recently announced up to $125.5 million in funding for 55-80 solar research and development projects that will advance technologies to lower the cost of solar, increase U.S. manufacturing competitiveness, and improve grid reliability. This funding opportunity features eight topic areas, including enabling solar with storage, enhancing cybersecurity protections, developing microgrids, and siting solar with agriculture. Mandatory letters of intent are due March 9. Read more and apply.

Upcoming Events

Innovative Smart Grid Technologies North America 2020

February 17–20, 2020
Grand Hyatt, Washington, DC

The 11th conference on Innovative Smart Grid Technologies, sponsored by the IEEE Power & Energy Society, will focus on enabling intelligent and resilient communities. Representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its National Laboratories will speak about the Microgrids, Infrastructure Resilience, and Advanced Controls Launchpad (MIRACL), which uses a high-speed data link across four National Laboratories to enable research, development, and industry validation of distributed energy components and systems under diverse operating conditions. Register here.

State and Local Planning for Energy (SLOPE) Platform Beta: Leveling the SLOPE on Achieving your Clean Energy Goals

February 20, 2020, 4–5 p.m. ET

DOE and NREL will demonstrate and answer questions about SLOPE Beta. The demonstration will feature an introduction to SLOPE Beta’s components that include electricity and natural gas consumption, energy efficiency potential, renewable energy technical generation potential, levelized cost of energy, and much more. The demonstration will also include example use cases that will allow state and local governments to effectively leverage SLOPE’s capabilities.

The SLOPE Platform, a collaboration between eight DOE technology offices and NREL, is a tool to enable more data-driven state and local energy planning by integrating dozens of distinct sources of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and (coming soon) sustainable transportation data and analyses into an easy-to-access, online platform that supports state and local decision making. Register here.

Access SLOPE Beta. For more information on the Beta, please view the SLOPE fact sheet.

Webinar: Overview of Floating Offshore Wind

February 26, 2020, 4–5 p.m. ET

While floating wind energy systems have yet to be deployed at full industrial scale, the floating offshore wind energy project pipeline is growing rapidly. Join Walt Musial from DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory for a webinar offering a basic introduction to floating offshore wind. Register here.

Distributed Wind 2020 Business Conference

February 27, 2020, 8:30 a.m.7:30 p.m ET
Residence Inn Capital View, Arlington, Virginia

Hosted by the Distributed Wind Energy Association, Distributed Wind 2020 is the primary business conference for the distributed wind industry, and an opportunity to explore the industry’s approach for creating business opportunities in the growing on-site power sector. Panelists include representatives from DOE and its National Laboratories. Register here.

Commodity Classic

February 27–29, 2020
San Antonio, Texas

Representatives from DOE’s WINDExchange will exhibit at the Commodity Classic, an annual trade show and exhibition presented by the American Soybean Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers, and Association of Equipment Manufacturers. The Commodity Classic offers an opportunity to hear from rural stakeholders and disseminate fact-based wind information on responsible wind energy development and turbine siting. Register here.

TechAdvantage 2020

March 1–4, 2020
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, Louisiana

Hosted by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, TechAdvantage 2020 is the leading technology conference for electric cooperative professionals. Panelists include representatives from DOE and partners under the Wind Innovations for Rural Economic Development (WIRED) initiative. Register here.

Webinar on Costs and Benefits of Wind Turbines with Larger Rotors and Taller Towers

March 4, 2020, 1–2 p.m. ET

DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will present a webinar of the costs and benefits of continued increases in wind turbine sizes.

In recent years, wind turbine rotors (made up of the blades and hub) have grown substantially in size. A wind turbine’s “specific power” rating is a ratio of its capacity to the swept area of its rotor in terms of watts per square meter. Therefore, for a given generator capacity, specific power declines as rotor size increases. To date, this trend toward lower-specific-power turbines in the United States has helped to boost wind’s capacity factor while also reducing its levelized cost of energy.

LBNL and NREL have recently published an analysis of the costs and benefits of this evolution in turbine design in Wind Engineering.

The webinar will present the results of this research, including how the trend toward lower-specific-power turbines affects the cost and market value of wind energy. Register here.

This work was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind Energy Technologies Office under the Big Adaptive Rotor Initiative.

In Case You Missed It

DOE Announces $5 Million in Funding for GE Renewables Tall Wind Tower Demonstration

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Wind Energy Technologies Office has announced the selection of GE Renewables to receive $5 million in DOE funding. GE will test, design and demonstrate a 140-meter wind turbine, formed by a 10-meter 3-D printed concrete pedestal topped with a 130-meter “soft” steel section, with up-tower components installed using a climbing crane. These innovations will help the wind industry overcome the transportation constraints currently hindering tall tower installations in the United States. Taller wind turbine towers can enable access to higher wind speeds, thereby increasing energy capture and reducing cost, but continued economies of scale are currently limited by transportation constraints.

This project was chosen as an alternate selection to a Fiscal Year 2019 funding opportunity that was originally announced in October, 2019.

New Report Quantifies Offshore Wind’s Impact on a Future Northeast Power System

NREL recently published a report that quantifies the potential impact of offshore wind on a near-future electricity system in the U.S. Northeast. This study analyzes the Northeast power system in 2024 for scenarios with up to 7 gigawatts of offshore wind. Read the report to learn about offshore wind’s potential impacts on generation dispatch, curtailment, transmission congestion, capacity credits, locational marginal prices, and production cost savings in the Northeastern United States.