Federal Advanced Wind Turbine Program

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


The development of technologically advanced, higher efficiency wind turbines has been identified as a high priority activity by the U.S. wind industry. The Department of Energy's Wind Energy Program has begun a multiyear development program aimed at assisting the wind industry with the design, development, and testing of advanced wind turbine systems that can compete with conventional electricgeneration for $0.05/kWh at 13 mph sites by the mid-1990s and with fossil-fuel-based generators for $0.04/kWh at 13 mph sites by the year 2000. The development plan consists of four phases: 1) Conceptual Design Studies, 2) Near-Term Product Development, 3) Next Generation Technology Integration and Design, and 4) Next-Generation Technology Development and Testing. The Conceptual Design Studieswere begun in late 1990, and are scheduled for completion in the Spring of 1992. Preliminary results from these analyses are very promising and indicate that the goals stated above are technically feasible. This paper includes a brief summary of the Conceptual Design Studies and presents initial plans for the follow-on activities.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 1991

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-257-4625


  • advanced wind turbine systems
  • conceptual design studies
  • near-term product development
  • next generation
  • next generation
  • technology development and testing
  • technology integration and design


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