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ORNL has supported the DOE Wind and Water Power Technology Program Office’s mission in wind power development and deployment by engaging in research activities such as gearbox reliability, geo-spatial analysis, turbine blade improvement, etc. National resources such as the Carbon Fiber Technology Center can contribute to lowering technical and market barriers through advanced manufacturing of low-cost, high-strength carbon fibers.  Most recently, ORNL has concentrated on advancing wind integration into the electric grid by leveraging its extensive expertise in power system engineering, protection of renewable resources and grid assets, advanced control and operation methodologies, as well as smart grid and microgrid technologies.  ORNL is working extensively with utilities, manufacturers and developers to broadly disseminate the specific knowledge necessary to ensure reliability and instill confidence that are critical for high penetration of wind power.

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