National Wind Technology Center
National Wind Technology Center is a research center located just south of Boulder, Colorado.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL's) National Wind Technology Center (NWTC), located at the base of the foothills just south of Boulder, Colorado, is the nation's premier wind energy technology research facility. Built in 1993, the center provides an ideal environment for the development of advanced wind energy technologies. The goal of the research conducted at the center is to help industry reduce the cost of energy so that wind can compete with traditional energy sources, providing a clean, renewable alternative for our nation's energy needs.
NWTC's research covers a wide spectrum of wind energy engineering disciplines, including atmospheric fluid mechanics and aerodynamics; dynamics, structures, and fatigue; power systems and electronics; and wind turbine engineering applications for wind turbines with capacity ratings of a few hundred kilowatts to several megawatts. Specific capabilities include:
- Design Review & Analysis
- Software Development, Modeling, & Analysis
- Systems & Controls Analysis
- Testing Support
- Utility Grid Integration Assessment
- Wind Resource Assessment