Regional Field Verification -- Case Study of Small Wind Turbines in the Pacific Northwest: Preprint

Karin Sinclair

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The U.S. Department of Energy/National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (DOE/NREL) Regional Field Verification (RFV) project supports industry needs for gaining initial field operation experience with small wind turbines and verify the performance, reliability, maintainability, and cost of small wind turbines in diverse applications. In addition, RFV aims to help expand opportunities for wind energyin new regions of the United States by tailoring projects to meet unique regional requirements and document and communicate the experience from these projects for the benefit of others in the wind power development community and rural utilities. Between August 2003 and August 2004, six turbines were installed at different host sites. At least one year of data has been collected from five ofthese sites. This paper describes DOE/NREL's RFV project, reviews some of the lessons learned with regards to small wind turbine installations, summarizes operations data from these sites, and provides preliminary BOS costs.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages22
StatePublished - 2005
EventWindPower 2005 - Denver, Colorado
Duration: 15 May 200518 May 2005


ConferenceWindPower 2005
CityDenver, Colorado

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-500-38166


  • regional field verification
  • small wind turbines


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