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Gaia-Wind's 11 Kilowatt Wind Turbine Testing and Results

A video of Gaia-Wind's 11-kW wind turbine. Text Version

As part of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and U.S. Department of Energy (NREL/DOE) Independent Testing project, NREL tested Gaia-Wind's 11-kilowatt (kW) small wind turbine at the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC). Gaia-Wind's turbine is a three-phase induction generator that operates at 480 volts. The turbine's downwind rotor has a 13-meter diameter, and its tower is 18 meters tall. The two-bladed, oversized rotor is designed for low to moderate wind speeds.

Testing Summary

The summary of the tests is below with the final reports.



Cumulative Energy Production

6/11/2008: 210; 6/13/2008: 528; 6/16/2008: 716; 6/18/2008: 731; 6/19/2008: 792; 6/20/2008: 898; 6/25/2008: 970; 6/26/2008: 1004; 6/27/2008: 1069; 6/30/2008: 1110; 7/2/2008: 1135; 7/3/2008: 1160; 7/7/2008: 1263; 7/9/2008: 1369; 7/10/2008: 1406; 7/11/2008: 1439; 7/14/2008: 1500; 7/16/2008: 1544; 7/17/2008: 1568; 7/18/2008: 1578; 7/21/2008: 1659; 7/23/2008: 1727; 7/24/2008: 1754; 7/25/2008: 1792; 7/28/2008: 1884; 7/29/2008: 1956; 7/30/2008: 1970; 8/14/2008: 2024; 8/18/2008: 2051; 8/19/2008: 2053; 8/20/2008: 2053; 8/22/2008: 2105; 8/25/2008: 2179; 8/26/2008: 2226; 8/27/2008: 2271; 8/29/2008: 2289; 9/11/2008: 2360; 9/12/2008: 2363; 9/15/2008: 2460; 9/17/2008: 2467; 9/18/2008: 2475; 9/19/2008: 2526; 9/22/2008: 2553; 9/23/2008: 2629; 9/25/2008: 2642; 9/26/2008: 2664; 9/29/2008: 2726; 9/30/2008: 2726; 10/2/2008: 2729; 10/3/2008: 2767; 10/6/2008: 2879; 10/7/2008: 2900; 10/8/2008: 3051; 10/9/2008: 3083; 10/10/2008: 3086; 10/13/2008: 3088; 10/14/2008: 3088; 10/16/2008: 3109; 10/20/2008: 3215; 10/21/2008: 3224; 10/22/2008: 3286; 10/23/2008: 3357; 10/24/2008: 3382; 10/27/2008: 3793; 10/28/2008: 3793; 10/29/2008: 3812; 10/30/2008: 3834; 10/31/2008: 3839; 11/3/2008: 3920; 11/4/2008: 3934; 11/5/2008: 3993; 11/6/2008: 4264; 11/10/2008: 4666; 11/11/2008: 4666; 11/17/2008: 5404; 11/18/2008: 5464; 11/19/2008: 5657; 11/20/2008: 5671; 11/21/2008: 5671; 11/24/2008: 5781; 11/25/2008: 5893; 12/1/2008: 6059; 12/2/2008: 6182; 12/3/2008: 6280; 12/4/2008: 6280; 12/5/2008: 6333; 12/9/2008: 6951; 12/10/2008: 6979; 12/11/2008: 7150; 12/12/2008: 7192; 12/19/2008: 7441; 12/22/2008: 7640; 12/23/2008: 7662; 12/29/2008: 8572; 12/30/2008: 8597; 12/31/2008: 8621; 1/5/2009: 8814; 1/6/2009: 8955; 1/7/2009: 9178; 1/8/2009: 9227; 1/12/2009: 9651; 1/13/2009: 9756; 1/14/2009: 9988; 1/15/2009: 10001; 1/16/2009: 10075; 1/19/2009: 10339; 1/20/2009: 10377; 1/22/2009: 10731; 1/26/2009: 10813; 1/27/2009: 10813; 1/28/2009: 10946; 1/29/2009: 11099; 1/30/2009: 11217; 2/2/2009: 11597; 2/3/2009: 11823; 2/6/2009: 12069; 2/9/2009: 12211; 2/12/2009: 12367; 2/13/2009: 12410; 2/18/2009: 12795; 2/19/2009: 12937; 2/20/2009: 13098; 2/23/2009: 13187; 2/24/2009: 13310; 2/25/2009: 13370; 3/3/2009: 13774; 3/9/2009: 14382; 3/10/2009: 14423; 3/16/2009: 14670; 3/17/2009: 14746; 3/18/2009: 14802; 3/19/2009: 14809; 3/20/2009: 14811; 3/23/2009: 15003; 3/24/2009: 15174; 3/30/2009: 15592; 4/6/2009: 15928; 4/8/2009: 16127; 4/13/2009: 16329; 4/22/2009: 16710; 4/23/2009: 16773; 4/29/2009: 16929; 4/30/2009: 16962; 5/1/2009: 16973; 5/4/2009: 16994; 5/5/2009: 17106; 5/6/2009: 17163; 5/7/2009: 17226; 5/8/2009: 17296; 5/11/2009: 17402; 5/12/2009: 17404; 5/13/2009: 17514; 5/14/2009: 17598; 5/15/2009: 17613; 5/18/2009: 17682; 5/19/2009: 17703; 5/20/2009: 17764; 5/21/2009: 17814; 5/22/2009: 17833; 5/26/2009: 17912; 5/27/2009: 17912; 5/28/2009: 17932; 5/29/2009: 17973; 6/1/2009: 18067; 6/3/2009: 18177; 6/4/2009: 18193; 6/5/2009: 18211; 6/8/2009: 18280; 6/9/2009: 18286; 6/10/2009: 18312; 6/11/2009: 18327; 6/12/2009: 18354; 6/15/2009: 18384; 6/16/2009: 18415; 6/17/2009: 18426; 6/18/2009: 18430; 6/19/2009: 18487; 6/22/2009: 18540; 6/23/2009: 18565; 6/24/2009: 18592; 6/26/2009: 18657; 6/27/2009: 18709; 6/29/2009: 18734; 6/30/2009: 18744; 7/1/2009: 18758; 7/6/2009: 18818; 7/7/2009: 18841; 7/8/2009: 18847; 7/9/2009: 18858; 7/13/2009: 18926; 7/14/2009: 18988; 7/15/2009: 19012; 7/16/2009: 19018; 7/17/2009: 19053; 7/20/2009: 19135; 7/21/2009: 19156; 7/22/2009: 19161; 7/23/2009: 19168; 7/24/2009: 19175; 7/28/2009: 19256; 7/30/2009: 19278; 7/31/2009: 19279; 8/3/2009: 19366; 8/4/2009: 19408; 8/5/2009: 19418; 8/6/2009: 19433; 11/3/2009: 19792; 11/4/2009: 19837; 11/5/2009: 19842; 11/6/2009: 19920; 11/9/2009: 20011; 11/10/2009: 20012; 11/13/2009: 20028; 11/16/2009: 20087; 11/17/2009: 20091; 11/18/2009: 20091; 11/19/2009: 20102; 11/23/2009: 20232; 11/30/2009: 20456; 12/1/2009: 20526; 12/2/2009: 20564; 12/3/2009: 20564; 12/7/2009: 20740; 12/8/2009: 20740; 12/9/2009: 20740; 12/15/2009: 20806; 12/16/2009: 20875; 12/17/2009: 20987; 12/21/2009: 21214; 12/22/2009: 21275; 12/28/2009: 21641; 12/30/2009: 21709; 1/4/2010: 21971; 1/11/2010: 22053; 1/15/2010: 22135; 1/16/2010: 22138; 1/19/2010: 22144; 1/22/2010: 22179; 1/25/2010: 22636; 1/26/2010: 22669; 1/27/2010: 22671; 1/28/2010: 22671; 2/3/2010: 22815; 2/5/2010: 22961; 2/9/2010: 22970; 2/12/2010: 23077; 2/17/2010: 23124; 2/24/2010: 23173; 2/25/2010: 23173; 3/1/2010: 23175; 3/12/2010: 23332; 3/17/2010: 23418; 3/26/2010: 23656; 4/1/2010: 23809; 4/2/2010: 23838; 4/5/2010: 24010; 4/8/2010: 24221; 4/26/2010: 24867;
Activity Status
Award of Subcontract February 7, 2008
Preparation for Installation Foundation poured: April 21, 2008
Components received: April 2, 2008
Documentation received: May 15, 2008
Turbine Installation May 13, 2008
Turbine Commissioning May 15, 2008
Turbine O&M and Testing  
Safety and Function Test Wind Turbine Safety and Function Test Report for the Gaia-Wind 11-kW Wind Turbine
Power Performance Test Wind Turbine Generator System Power Performance Test Report for the Gaia-Wind 11-kW Wind Turbine
Hrs of valid data (60 required)
413
Bins completed (3-14 m/s required)
0.5 - 16.5
Acoustic Noise Test Wind Turbine Generator System Acoustic Noise Test Report for the Gaia Wind 11-kW Wind Turbine
Power Quality Test Wind Turbine Generator System Power Quality Test Report for the Gaia Wind 11-kW Wind Turbine
Duration Test Wind Turbine Generator System Duration Test Report for the Gaia-Wind 11 kW Wind Turbine
Months of operation (6 required)
9.7
Hours of power production (2,500 required)
2,704.9
Hours of power production in winds greater than 9 m/s (250 required)
710.6
Hours of power production in winds greater than 13.5 m/s (25 required)
215.0
kWh of production, cumulative
24,867
Turbine Removed May 6, 2010
Post-test Inspection Completed
Final Documentation Completed
Project Review Meeting Completed