Built-Environment Wind Turbine Roadmap

Karin Sinclair

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


Although only a small contributor to total electricity production needs, built-environment wind turbines (BWTs) nonetheless have the potential to influence the public's consideration of renewable energy, and wind energy in particular. Higher population concentrations in urban environments offer greater opportunities for project visibility and an opportunity to acquaint large numbers of people tothe advantages of wind projects on a larger scale. However, turbine failures will be equally visible and could have a negative effect on public perception of wind technology. This roadmap provides a framework for achieving the vision set forth by the attendees of the Built-Environment Wind Turbine Workshop on August 11 - 12, 2010, at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable EnergyLaboratory. The BWT roadmap outlines the stakeholder actions that could be taken to overcome the barriers identified. The actions are categorized as near-term (0 - 3 years), medium-term (4 - 7 years), and both near- and medium-term (requiring immediate to medium-term effort). To accomplish these actions, a strategic approach was developed that identifies two focus areas: understanding thebuilt-environment wind resource and developing testing and design standards. The authors summarize the expertise and resources required in these areas.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages58
StatePublished - 2012

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-5000-50499


  • distributed wind
  • rooftop wind turbine
  • side mounted wind turbine
  • small wind turbine
  • urban wind turbine
  • wind energy
  • wind turbine


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