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The Spanish demonstrator is finished and ready to start validating the SWIP solutions


This week the construction of the Spanish demonstrator has been completed, with the installation yesterday of the nacelle and the blades. On the previous weeks, the works were focused on the foundations and the mast. The pilot installed is located in Zaragoza (Spain), at the backside of CIRCE building, rising a few meters above the [...]

Money-saving small wind turbines: myth or reality?


Small wind turbines promise a decentralised and clean energy source, but what can be done to make them more cost effective? At the moment, better use of feed-in tariffs is recognised as a potentially effective tool for boosting the small wind turbine industry beyond subsidies. Ultimately though, it will be innovation in design that makes [...]

Small wind turbines: navigating the ‘jungle’


While large scale wind turbines gather momentum, the installation of smaller ones in Europe is progressing very slowly. One of the major problems is the lack of certified machines. Turbine producers are put off by the high costs of the certification procedures Most EU countries enforce a legal obligation to only use wind turbines certified [...]

New blades and generators for more efficient small wind turbines


Small wind turbines, for domestic and small scale commercial use, are currently relatively expensive and struggle to compete with solar solutions. The key to increasing their competitiveness is bringing down their cost and improving performance. When people think about small scale renewable energy systems, for their home for example, they often think of solar panels, [...]

Small wind turbines: a glimmer of hope for Poland’s wind energy sector?


A new Polish law imposing rules for the installation of wind turbines is likely to limit the development of renewables in the country, which continues to focus on its main energy source, coal. However, small wind turbines, which fall outside the scope of the recent measures, could represent a loophole for the wind energy sector [...]

Gauging public opinion on small wind turbines


There are currently more than 900'000 small wind turbines in use worldwide and estimates suggest that could increase by 20 percent by 2020. But, there has been a lack of research on public opinion on these independent energy systems. Recent studies suggest that around 70 to 80 percent of people in Europe support wind farms, [...]

The small wind turbines you’ll want in your back yard


A European Commission strategic plan wants to see 20% penetration of wind energy throughout the EU by 2020. The growing trend for decentralised energy generation by home and business owners could help meet this target using small and medium turbines. But they continue to divide opinion due to noise and health concerns. Opponents to wind [...]