Design Guidelines for Deployable Wind Turbines for Defense and Disaster Response Missions

Brent Summerville, B. Houchens, B. Naughton, Tony Jimenez, Robert Preus, D. Reen, J. Gentle, E. Lang

Research output: NRELPoster


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 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 poster serves as a summary of project publications 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. This Defense and Disaster Deployable Turbine Project (D3T) is a multi-laboratory effort led by Sandia National Laboratories and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Wind Energy Technologies Office.
Original languageAmerican English
StatePublished - 2022

Publication series

NamePresented at Torque 2022, 1-3 June 2022, Delft, The Netherlands

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PO-5000-82861


  • deployable wind
  • disaster response
  • distributed wind turbines
  • humanitarian response
  • military
  • wind technology


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