Overview of DOE's Wind Turbine Development Programs

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The development of technologically advanced, higher efficiency wind turbines continues to be a high priority of the U.S. wind industry. The United States Department of Energy (DOE) is conducting and sponsoring a range of programs aimed at assisting the wind industry with system design, development, and testing. The overall goal is to develop systems that can compete with conventional electricgeneration at $0.05/kWh at 5.8 mls (13 mph sites) by the mid-1990s, and with fossil-fuel-based generators $0.04/kWh at 5.8 mls sites by the year 2000. These goals will be achieved through several programs. The Value Engineered Turbine (VET) Program will promote the rapid development of U.S. capability to manufacture wind turbines to take advantage of near-term market opportunities. Thesevalue-engineered turbines will stem from units with known and well-documented records of performance. The Advanced Wind Turbine Program will assist U.S. industry to develop and integrate advanced technologies into utility-grade wind turbines for the near term (1993-1995), and to develop a new generation of innovative turbines for the year 2000. The Utility Wind Turbine Performance VerificationProgram, a collaborative agreement between the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and DOE, will deploy and evaluate commercial-prototype wind turbines in typical utility operating environments to provide a bridge from development programs currently under way to commercial purchases of utility-grade wind turbines.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 1992
EventPrepared for WINDPOWER '92 - Seattle, Washington
Duration: 19 Oct 199223 Oct 1992


ConferencePrepared for WINDPOWER '92
CitySeattle, Washington

Bibliographical note

Prepared for WINDPOWER '92, 19-23 October 1992, Seattle, Washington

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-441-5245


  • Electric Power Research Institute
  • utility
  • wind turbines


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