DOE Seeking Input and Collaboration on Science and Technology Response to COVID-19

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Wind Energy Technologies Office


March 18, 2020

DOE Seeking Input and Collaboration on Science and Technology Response to COVID-19

The Department of Energy (DOE) encourages you to consider scientific questions that underpin COVID-19 response and that the research community may answer using DOE user facilities, computational resources, and enabling infrastructure. Please send research questions that the scientific community may address with DOE resources by email to More information can be found in the Dear Colleague Letter on DOE’s Coronavirus Resources Hub. Responses will be reviewed beginning March 18, 2020.

The Department is acting rapidly to leverage, and when appropriate provide prioritized access to, the full range of DOE user facilities and other facilities available at national laboratories to support the national and international effort to address COVID-19.

Open-Source, 15-Megawatt Offshore Wind Reference Turbine Now Available

A new open-source reference wind turbine, developed by DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) with funding from DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Wind Energy Technologies Office, features options for fixed-bottom and floating foundations and moorings. Developed in collaboration with Denmark’s DTU Wind Energy and with industry through the International Energy Agency’s Wind Task 37, the 15-megawatt reference turbine accommodates multiple software models and will provide industry, researchers, and academics with a public-domain tool for designing next-generation offshore wind turbines. A recently published technical report provides further detail, and the full description is available on GitHub.

Event Updates

Out of an abundance of caution, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Wind Project Siting and Environmental Compliance Conference originally planned for early April has been postponed.

The Business Network for Offshore Wind’s International Partnering Forum (IPF) has been reorganized as Virtual First, Together Second to provide educational content and networking at different times.

IPF Virtual

April 21–22, 2020

IPF Together

August 18–21, 2020
Rhode Island Convention Center | Providence, RI

DOE’s Wind Energy Technologies Office will exhibit at the Business Network for Offshore Wind’s International Partnering Forum. If you’re going to be in Rhode Island, stop by the DOE booth to pick up the latest DOE publications, as well as a 3D buoy model from DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Register for IPF.