Small wind turbines: the art of disguise

Small wind turbines may be a lot smaller than their towering relations, but their visual impact in an urban area can still be a source of concerns. It’s up to developers to find smart ideas and designs to integrate them into communities – and to convince locals that they’re the way forward

Opportunities for small wind turbines in urban areas – 11 May, Brussels

Small scale wind energy has significant potential in urban, suburban and industrial areas, but numerous challenges currently stand in the way to wide-scale uptake of this decentralised energy resource.

At this conference, taking place on 11 May in Brussels and organised in the framework of the European SWIP project, you […]

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 by […]

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 […]

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

In […]

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 […]

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.

Steering Committee, Review meeting and Exploitation meeting

The Steering Committee meeting together with the first Review meeting of the SWIP project was held in Stockholm on October 20th & 21th, Sweden. In addtition the 22nd an Exploitation meeting took place. KTH hosted this event and welcomed all Project partners coming from Spain, Great Britain, Ireland, Poland, Lithuania, Sweden, Netherlands, Germany […]

SWIP presented in Stare Pole, Poland

The SWIP project has been presented as part of a presentation by project partner the Baltic Energy Conservation Agency (Bałtycka Agencja Poszanowania Energii – BAPE) in Stare Pole, Pomerania, Poland on 30 October.

The event, entitled, ‘Environmental protection in agricultural holdings with the use of agri-environmental programs and renewable energy sources’, was […]