Task 41 Work Plan and Objectives

Task 41 is managed according to the International Energy Agency (IEA) Implementing Agreement for Co-operation in the Research and Development of Wind Energy Systems (IEA Wind) Work Plan Task 41: Enabling Wind to Contribute to a Distributed Energy Future.

The Operating Agents lead the effort, ensure that the technical objectives and deliverables outlined in this Work Plan are achieved, and facilitate ongoing technical communication among the Work Plan leaders and the IEA Wind ExCo.

Dissemination and regular liaison with the IEA Wind ExCo is an integral part of this Work Plan. The Operating Agents coordinate meetings (expected in the winter and summer) as well as interim virtual meetings. To help facilitate expanded dialog, Task meetings may also include topic-specific expert meetings in relation to distributed wind, during which non-participating experts are invited to present and discuss topics of relevance to the distributed wind research community.

The following documents are works in progress. Task members welcome feedback and input from members of the globally distributed wind community. If you have any comments or feedback, please contact the Operating Agents listed below.



Deliverable Description

Lead Organizations & Contributors

Deliverable Due Date

Deliverable Status

WP0 D1 Development of general IEA Task 41 and distributed wind PowerPoint presentation for use by members National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

Spring 2019 Complete
D2 First annual progress report Fall 2019 Complete
D3 Second annual progress report Spring 2020 Complete
D4 Third annual progress report Spring 2021 Complete
D5 Final report Spring 2022 Complete
WP1 D6 Stakeholder forum to engage the wind industry around the effectiveness or modifications of current standards for small and mid-size wind turbines in the United States NREL Winter 2019 Complete

M3 draft: Updating Domestic and International Standards for Distributed Wind Technology

M3 draft: Research Priorities: Domestic and International Standards for Distributed Wind Technology

D7 Stakeholder forum to engage wind industry around the effectiveness or modifications of current standards for small and mid-size turbines in Europe Austria, Denmark, Ireland, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, United States, Germany Summer 2019 Complete
D8 Stakeholder forum to engage the wind industry around the effectiveness or modifications of current standards for small and mid-size turbines in Asia NREL, China Fall 2019 Delayed
D9 Report on recommendations for potential standards changes that will be used to drive additional national and international research NREL, Technical University of Denmark (DTU) Winter 2020 Complete

Recommendations on Potential Standards Changes for Distributed Wind: Driving Research Via IEA Task 41

WP2 D10 Specification of a data-sharing catalog including a review of needs, what metadata should be collected, and potential options for hosting the catalog PNNL, all Fall 2019 Complete
D11 Development of data sharing, storage, and if needed security protocols for metadata to be stored on the platform. Specification of a potential data sharing portal that expands on the catalog Fall 2020 Complete
D12 Development of a data instruction guide for the distributed wind data catalog Spring 2021 Complete
WP3 D13 Summation of relevant international and defined national electrical standards, operational practices that would be applicable to distributed wind, presented from the grid or microgrid perspective with a consideration of turbine size and complexity China, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Spain, United States Fall 2019 Complete
D14 Based on initial work completed in the United States, review how the distributed wind is modeled in the distributed grid and microgrid systems, the availability of design tools and models, and an assessment of the modeling methods used for wind energy PNNL, DTU Fall 2019 Complete

Distributed Wind Representation in Modeling and Simulation Tools: An Assessment of Existing Tools

Review of Mini Grid Modeling Tools and Approaches

D15 Assessment of levels of distributed wind system control, including a classification for distributed wind control strategies for high-contribution distributed grids, including capabilities of grid support and likely data needs for future wind systems NREL Summer 2020 Complete

Distributed Wind Controls: A Research Roadmap for Microgrids, Infrastructure Resilience, and Advanced Controls Launchpad (MIRACL)

D16 Design or best-practice guide for the design of high-renewable-contribution isolated power systems NREL, DTU Fall 2020 Design Guide for High-Renewable-Contribution Isolated Power Systems
D17 State of the Industry report for isolated microgrid power systems NREL Fall 2021 State of the Industry Report for Isolated Mini-Grid Power Systems

Full report delayed

WP4 D18 Development of an IEA Wind TCP task engagement plan to be reviewed by Task, including distributed wind research efforts that could be incorporated into future task proposals, allowing the consideration of distributed wind topics within other IEA Wind TPC efforts All Fall 2019 Complete
D19 Identification of high-priority non-IEA Wind TCP stakeholders that could be a source for additional targeted engagement Summer 2020 Complete
WP5 D20 Report on the potential opportunities for cost reductions in mid-and small-scale wind technology based on current LCOE-lowering technology innovations being applied to large and offshore turbine technologies CIEMAT (Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas) Fall 2020 In progress

IEA Task 41 Operating Agent Alice Orrell

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
902 Battelle Boulevard
P.O. Box 999, MSIN J5-10
Richland, WA 99352
United States

Contact Alice Orrell

9 a.m.–5 p.m. Pacific Time


IEA Task 41 Operating Agent Ian Baring-Gould

National Renewable Energy Laboratory
15013 Denver W Pkwy
Golden, CO 80401
United States

Contact Ian Baring-Gould

9 a.m.– 5 p.m. Mountain Time