Small Wind Turbine Testing

Testing of small wind turbines to international standards is one of the principal ways we can insure that small wind turbines can do what their promoters claim. For decades manufactures of small wind turbines could say whatever they wanted about their wind turbines and there was no way to hold them accountable. Today–after nearly three decades of effort–there are standardized tests for measuring the performance of small wind turbines and standardized ways of reporting this performance. No one should ever buy a small wind turbine that has not been tested to international standards and the results of those tests published for the world to see.

Boston Museum of Science Wind Turbine Lab: Two-Year Report on Rooftop Wind Turbines

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Marian Tomusiak

The most sophisticated and comprehensive study of small rooftop wind turbines in the Americas concludes rooftop wind turbines are “Not cost-effective at this site”. . .

Wind Turbine Generator System Acoustic Noise Test Report for the ARE 442 Wind Turbine

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A. Huskey and J. Van Dam

The acoustic noise test was conducted to the IEC 61400-11 Edition 2.1.

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Mariah: Another Performance Report on Windspire VAWT

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Paul Gipe

The French test site, SEPEN (Site Expérimental pour le Petit Eolien de Narbonne), published a performance report 28 September 2009 …

Finally–AWEA Establishes Small Wind Turbine Performance and Safety Standard

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Paul Gipe

Finally, after decades of effort, the American Wind Energy Association has established performance and safety standards for small wind turbines.

Why I Have Chosen Not to Be on the Small Wind Certification Council

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Paul Gipe

I appreciate the vote of confidence in the Small Wind Certification Council’s board of directors in appointing me to the Council. It is an honor to be nominated to be part of the commercialization of the small wind turbine industry in North America. It would also have been a privilege to work alongside my peers who have labored many years to bring much-needed and long-overdue standards to the industry.

Warwick [Small] Wind Trials

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Performance monitoring of rooftop wind turbines in Great Britain