Distributed Wind FAQs
What is distributed wind?
Small wind, most typically defined as wind turbines up through 100 kW in nameplate capacity, is one segment of the distributed wind market. Rather than nameplate capacity, small wind can also be defined by rotor swept area, with 200 m2 being the size limit recognized by international small wind standards.
Can wind turbines be installed with other distributed energy resources (DERs)?
What are distributed wind hybrid power plants?
Co-located and co-operated energy resources are what most typically come to mind when one is asked to define a hybrid power plant. A distributed wind hybrid power plant is wind in combination with another or multiple technologies that are co-located and controlled by an owner/operator behind a point of interconnection on a distribution grid and offered to the market or system operator as a single resource at that point of interconnection.
What are microgrids?
What are isolated grids?
What is a behind-the-meter distributed wind installation?
What is a front-of-the-meter distributed wind installation?
What is an off-grid distributed wind installation?
Off-grid distributed wind is typically deployed with battery or other form of energy storage because the wind turbine is not connected to a local grid that could provide backup energy or a sink for excess energy. An off-grid wind turbine can also be deployed with solar PV or another DER.
What are typical conditions for a behind-the-meter small wind turbine installation?
- You live on at least 4840 square meters (1 acre) of land free of obstacles such as trees and buildings in an area with average annual wind speeds of at least 4.5 meters per second (10 miles per hour).
- The cost of the generated wind energy would be cost competitive with your local retail electrical rate.
- The utility’s requirements for connecting your system to its grid are not prohibitively expensive.
- Local building codes and ordinances allow you to erect a wind turbine on your property without undue burden.
- You are comfortable with long-term investments.
What is the current market potential for DERs across the globe?
How can I become involved in Task 41?
Can I put a wind turbine on my roof?
What equipment does a small wind installation typically include?
What are the priority research areas Task 41 has identified in advancing wind technology as a cost-effective and reliable distributed energy resource?
IEA Task 41 Operating Agent Alice Orrell
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
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IEA Task 41 Operating Agent Ian Baring-Gould
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
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Golden, CO 80401
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