Design Guidelines for Deployable Wind Turbines for Defense and Disaster Response Missions: Article No. 042074

Brian Naughton, Brent Houchens, Brent Summerville, Tony Jimenez, Robert Preus, Dylan Reen, Jake Gentle, Eric Lang

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Access to on-site electrical energy is critical to ensuring a successful military or humanitarian response to conflicts and disasters. These missions typically rely on access to liquid fuel that could be vulnerable to disruption or attack during transport. Generating power on location with wind technology - whether at a contingency base or disaster response coordination point - can reduce this risk and enhance mission reach by diversifying energy sources. Common characteristics of these missions are short planning and execution time horizons and a global scope of potential locations. Compared to conventional wind turbine applications, defense and disaster response applications place a premium on rapid shipping and installation, short-duration operation (days to months), and quick teardown upon mission completion. These design drivers depart from features found in conventional distributed wind turbines, thus necessitating unique design guidance. The supporting information for this guidance comes from available relevant references, technical analyses, and input from industry and military stakeholders. This paper serves as a summary of the full report, Design Guidelines for Deployable Wind Turbines for Military Operational Energy Applications (Sandia report SAND2021-14581 R [1]), which presents the best currently available design guidance for deployable wind turbines to facilitate the effective development and acquisition of technology solutions to support mission success.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2022

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-5000-81889


  • deployable wind
  • disaster response
  • on-site electrical energy


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