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Wind Energy Technology Marketing Summaries

Here you’ll find marketing summaries of wind energy technologies available for licensing from U.S. Department of Energy laboratories and participating research institutions. The summaries provide descriptions of the technologies including their benefits, applications and industries, and development stage.

22 Technology Marketing Summaries
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Airfoils for Enhanced Wind Turbine and Cooling Tower Efficiency

Wind power and capacity has risen dramatically with a 2015 increase in global capacity of 23.2%, according to Navigant’s 2016 World Wind Energy Market Update. This growth in wind capacity has occurred due to the increase in both on- and off-shore wind turbines and through the increasing presence of grid-connected wind power. As a result of this increased capacity, wind efficiency and blade design is increasingly important.

An important parameter for the design of wind turbine, or... read more

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L-TERRA (LIDAR Turbulence Error Reduction Algorithm)

Wind resource assessment and turbine power performance testing are typically conducted through the use of instruments on meteorological towers. Recently, LIDAR (light detection and ranging) instruments have started to replace the use of meteorological towers for these applications due to their flexibility and ability to take accurate wind speed measurements from higher heights above ground. While LIDAR instruments can measure mean wind speeds accurately under most conditions, they frequently... read more

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Wind Turbine Blade Testing System Using Base Excitation

Recently, there has been a rapidly growing demand for renewable energy, including wind energy. To meet this demand, wind turbine designers are working to provide blade designs that allow a turbine connected to the wind turbine blades or to the rotor to effectively convert wind into electricity. The blades must also be designed properly to withstand inertial forces, aerodynamic forces, and structural forces so as to provide a relatively long service life and safe operation. Like all rotating... read more

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Adaptive Pitch Control for Variable Speed Wind Turbines

Wind energy is increasingly recognized as a viable option for complementing and even replacing other types of energy such as fossil fuels. In the early development of wind energy, the majority of wind turbines or wind turbine generators were constructed for operation at a constant speed, but more recently, the trend is toward using variable-speed wind turbines to better capture available wind power. In most cases, wind turbine pitch angles can be adjusted to control the operation of the... read more

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Variable-Speed Wind Power System with Improved Energy Capture via Multilevel Conversion


Power converters are used to convert alternating current (AC) electric power from a fixed-frequency and fixed-voltage to different frequencies and different voltages for powering loads, such as electric motors. They are also used in reverse to convert variable-frequency, variable-voltage, AC electric power to fixed-frequency, fixed-voltage electric power. Electric generators driven by wind turbines rotate at different speeds, depending on wind conditions, so they produce... read more

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Wind Turbine Tower for Storing Hydrogen and Energy

Around the world, there is an increasing demand for satisfying energy requirements in ways that use less or no fossil fuels. These alternatives need to be reliable, cost effective, and environmentally sound to be adopted on a large scale. For example, as the need to stabilize energy resources increases, many nations and electric utilities are evaluating the increased use of wind as a portion of their power generation mix. Additionally, the use of hydrogen as a “clean” fuel to... read more

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Wake Control System Based on Wake Tracking

There is a growing interest in the design of wind plant control systems to coordinate the controls of individual turbines to achieve improvements in the overall wind plant performance, such as total power production. Currently, individual turbine controls are adjusted to improve the total output of the plant above what would be achieved if each turbine pursued its individual optimal output. In general, current methods look to improve performance by accounting for the way turbines interact in... read more

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Dual-Axis Resonance Testing of Wind Turbine Blades

Wind turbine blades must undergo strength and fatigue testing in order to be rated and marketed appropriately. Presently, wind turbine blades are fatigue-tested in the flapwise direction and in the edgewise direction independently. This testing involves placing the blades through 1 to 10 million or more load or fatigue cycles, which may take 3 to 12 months or more to complete for each tested direction. There is a need for blade testing techniques that are less expensive to use and require... read more

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dlCC Opt: Optimization Software for Renewable Energy Projects

There are numerous options for renewable energy systems development. Location, size, type of system, and a number of other criteria need to be considered. The objective of this program is to determine the optimal size (capacity, Kilowatt (kW)) of a renewable energy generator, based on minimizing life cycle cost (LCC).

The reason for developing such a program is driven by three major issues. First, the need to evaluate a very large number (tens of thousands) of project opportunity sites.... read more

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Renewable Energy Load Matching Software

The most common way of describing the quality of an existing or potential wind or solar power generation site is the total amount of energy expected to be generated based on typical weather patterns. This total amount of energy is characterized by the capacity factor (the ratio between the expected generated amounts to the maximum possible amount for hypothetical conditions of constantly blowing wind or sunshine for a 24 hour period). The capacity factor gives a correct estimate for the... read more

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Deposition of Graded Thermal Barrier Coatings for Gas Turbine Blades
Sandia has developed a method and apparatus for depositing thermal barrier coatings on gas turbine blades and vanes which increase the thermal resistance of the blades and leads to higher efficiency. Higher operating temperatures for gas turbine engines are continuously sought in order to increase their efficiency.
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Energy Surety Microgrid™
The Energy Surety Microgrid™ (ESM) is a Risk Assessment Methodology (RAM) which is a vulnerability assessment for the critical power delivery functions and needs of a community. The microgrid serves as a predecessor to the larger-scale smart grid making it more specific to serve hospitals, military bases, residential communities, emergency response, etc. in utilizing renewable energy sources when traditional sources fail or are inadequate.
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Coating Surfaces with Superhydrophobic Powder
Researchers at ORNL have developed a method of modifying existing coating techniques to include a bonded superhydrophobic outer coating layer. Superhydrophobic powder will not readily bond to most substrates directly, since superhydrophobic powder is almost entirely made up of fluorinated particles of silica glass, which is chemically inert to most materials. In a standard electrostatic powder spraying process, dry resin powder is sprayed on to a given substrate. The powder adheres to the... read more
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Advanced Analysis Software Key to New, Energy-Efficient Technologies

Supported by funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, other federal agencies, and industry sponsors, Argonne is providing broad-based scientific and engineering expertise to create analytical software tools that will enable the United States to make substantive enhancements in energy efficiency and serve the growing demand for renewable energy.

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Superhydrophobic Coatings
ORNL researchers have developed a variety of materials and processes to produce coatings with superhydrophobic properties (i.e. coatings that repel water extremely efficiently), providing  potential benefits ranging from reduced drag and increased fuel efficiency in maritime vessels, avoidance of ice accumulation on airplane wings, increased capacity in pipes and hoses, and improved performance of medical implants.
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HIGRAD's modeling and simulation software capability captures the dynamic, two-way interaction between rotating turbine blades and the three-dimensional wind flows and turbulence that affect wind turbine and wind farm performance. HIGRAD enables the wind energy industry to optimize site location, wind turbine placement, and turbine/blade development.
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Wind Turbine System State Awareness
Researchers at the Los Alamos National Laboratory Intelligent Wind Turbine Program are developing a multi-physics modeling approach for the analysis of wind turbines in the presence of realistic wind loading.
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Wind Turbine Structural Health Monitoring
LANL researchers are developing unique sensors in tandem with proprietary high-fidelity finite element models as well as the LANL WindBlade modeling and simulation capability that couples aeroelastic dynamic force loads with atmospheric wind conditions and system environment. The LANL Intelligent Wind Turbine Program is seeking dialogue with potential industrial collaborators to discuss long-term partnership opportunities.
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Multi-winding Homopolar Electric Machine Offers Variable Voltage at Low Rotational Speed
A nineteenth century invention by Michael Faraday, the Faraday disc machine, has undergone a twenty-first century improvement at ORNL. Now known as a homopolar electric machine, the ORNL invention offers greater (and variable) voltage output at low rotational speeds without a gearbox. Previous designs have been restricted to low voltage output at high rotational speed, thus requiring heavy and expensive gearboxes.
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Intelligent Wind Turbine Program
A unique LANL research team composed of world experts in structural health monitoring, modeling and simulation, and prognostic decision making has established a strong capability in wind energy research. The intelligent wind-turbine project has resulted in a U.S. patent application and copyrighted software, with other intellectual property in the disclosure stage.
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Substantially Parallel Flux Uncluttered Rotor Machines (U-Machine)
A general concern based on the supply and demand trend of the permanent magnet (PM) raw materials suggests the need for elimination of these materials from electric motors (and generators) to control future costs. This invention discloses a new motor topology that eliminates the PM. Other innovations include brushless adjustable field excitation for high starting torque, field weakening, and power factor improvement and novel locks for higher peak speed. This novel machine shows promising... read more
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Internal/External Split Field Generator
These technologies are designs and methods that boost the efficiency of electric generators by decoupling the magnetic polarity of the driving mechanism while increasing the operational frequency of the machine. Both are unique, low cost methods to develop a generator with a higher power density.