Design Guidelines for Deployable Wind Turbines for Military Operational Energy Applications

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

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


This document aims to provide guidance on the design and operation of deployable wind systems that provide maximum value to missions in defense and disaster relief. Common characteristics of these missions are shorter 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. Furthermore, defense and disaster response applications are less concerned with cost of energy than conventional wind turbine applications. These factors impart design drivers that depart from the 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 document is not intended to be a comprehensive, prescriptive design specification. This document is intended to serve as a written record of an ongoing discussion of stakeholders about the best currently available design guidance for deployable wind turbines to help facilitate the effective development and acquisition of technology solutions to support mission success.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages55
StatePublished - 2021

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-7A40-79198

Other Report Number

  • SAND2021-14581R


  • deployable wind turbines
  • distributed wind


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