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The US Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Laboratory team have started a new multi-year initiative, the Big Adaptive Rotor (BAR). The motivation for this initiative is further study of larger and lower specific power rotors that enable increased access to land-based wind resources within the US market. Industry trends suggest that while capital costs are going up with decreased specific power, there are benefits to overall system value in terms of higher capacity factor. The goal of BAR is to define and execute a research agenda that examines in detail rotor designs capable of 150 W/m2 for land-based turbines above 3MW in rated power.