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 [...]

SWIP presents recommendations for increasing the use of small wind turbines in urban areas


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. The SWIP project has explored current technological, economic and social barriers to their uptake, and has recently outlined how to overcome them to European policy-makers. [...]

Assessing wind resources in our cities


Urban environments are challenging locations for small wind turbines. Moreover, the sector must deal with cases of small turbines poorly sited and installed by companies that are more interested in appearing green than actually being environmental friendly The 43-story Strata tower in London was one of the first buildings in the world to incorporate wind [...]

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 will learn about new technological [...]

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, [...]