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Small Wind Turbine Webinars

Here you will find webinars about small wind turbines that NREL hosted.

Historical Challenges of Wind Energy/Wildlife Interactions: How This May Affect Distributed Wind

NREL and the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) Wind Division co-hosted this webinar.
(Text Version.)

Date: August 12, 2014
Run Time: 1 hour

Wildlife interactions with wind energy projects have been a challenge since turbines were first erected in California in the 1980s. Over the past two decades, much research has been conducted to try to understand these interactions so that future projects can avoid, minimize and, where necessary, mitigate for impacts to wildlife. Karin Sinclair, National Renewable Energy Laboratory researcher and chair of the ASES Wind Division, presented a historical overview of the issue, a summary of the federal statutory authority, descriptions of the current challenges and key species habitat distributions, and a summary of the research and collaborative activities designed to address this issue. She also discussed how the challenges experienced by the utility-scale projects translate to distributed wind projects.

Micrositing Distributed Wind

NREL and the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) Wind Division co-hosted this webinar.
(Text Version.)

Date: June 10, 2014
Run Time: 1 hour

Charles Newcomb, Technology Director for Endurance Wind Power, discussed objects, topography and their effect on a wind resource. He also walked through a detailed siting example, sharing both the methodology and underlying assumptions and equations for developing a reasonable annual energy production estimate for a distributed wind energy project.

Interstate Turbine Advisory Council—What We Learned in 2-1/2 Years

NREL and the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) Wind Division co-hosted this webinar.
(Text Version.)

Date: April 8, 2014
Run Time: 35 minutes

Mark Mayhew, Project Manager with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, gives an overview and history of the Interstate Turbine Advisory Council (ITAC), with emphasis on lessons learned over the past two and a half years of ITAC's existence. ITAC is a consortium of state incentive fund agencies created to determine, using objective criteria, which small turbine models should be eligible to receive state small wind turbine incentive funds. ITAC created and maintains the "Unified List of Wind Turbines", with the intent that only installations of quality turbines be eligible for public funds.

Small Wind Turbine Standards: National and International

NREL and the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) Wind Division co-hosted this webinar.
(Text Version.)

Date: February 11, 2014
Run Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Trudy Forsyth, managing director of Wind Advisors Team, provided an overview of the status of the world and U.S. market requirements for turbines under 200 m2 of swept area. A third revision of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standard 61400-2 was approved and will become the underlying standard for some national standards. The webinar discussed how this may affect the marketplace for global certification and labeling while quality infrastructure is still in a state of flux.

IEEE1547 and Distributed Wind in the New Wind Vision

NREL and the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) Wind Division co-hosted this webinar.
(Text Version.)

Date: December 5, 2013
Run Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Robert Preus of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory presented the new context of IEEE1547, which includes distributed generation as a significant factor. Alice Orrell of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory discussed how distributed wind will be included in the Department of Energy's new Wind Vision.

Introducing WindLease™: Making Wind Energy Affordable

NREL and the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) Wind Division co-hosted this webinar. 
(Text Version.)

Date: August 1, 2013
Run Time: 40 minutes

Joe Hess, VP of Business Development at United Wind, described United Wind's WindQuote and WindLease Program and explained the process from the dealer's and consumer's perspective.

Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association

NREL and the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) Wind Division co-hosted this webinar.
(Text Version).

Date: March 7, 2013
Run Time: 1 hour

Russel Smith, Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association executive director and co-founder, provided an overview of the trade association founded in 1984, provided an overview of the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association.

The GRID

NREL and the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) Wind Division co-hosted this webinar
(Text Version).

Date: January 10, 2013
Run Time: 32 minutes

This webinar introduced the GRID, an Internet-based communication tool provided by ASES.

Jobs and Economic Development Impact (JEDI) Model

NREL and the American Solar Energy Society Wind Division co-hosted this webinar (Text Version).

Speaker: David Keyser, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Date: January 10, 2013
Run Time: 45 minutes

The webinar introduced the suite of NREL Jobs and Economic Development Impact (JEDI) models, including a sneak peek at the small wind model that is currently under development. The presentation covered what the models are, how they work, what they can do, and how they can be used.

Exploring Tower Heights, Financing, and Other Options: Live Demo of Distributed Wind Policy Tool v2

NREL and the American Solar Energy Society Wind Division co-hosted this webinar (Text Version).

Speakers: Heather Rhoads-Weaver and Matt Gagne, eFormative Options, and Alice Orrell, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Date: November 1, 2012
Run Time: 1 hour

This webinar showed participants how to use the Distributed Wind Policy Comparison Tool to evaluate increases in tower heights (and the impacts of permitting fees), as well as various financing scenarios. Case studies were presented to compare and contrast existing policies and "what if" scenarios to reveal what policy improvements are most needed for small wind, and where. The Policy Tool's demo showed how sensitivity analyses can be conducted on various policy options and assumptions to determine impacts and optimal scenarios and guide smart investments in small wind technology. The webinar highlighted attractive markets and policy targets that offer the quickest return on investment, encouraging best practices to sustain and improve support for small wind.

Distributed Wind Energy Association Activities

NREL and the American Solar Energy Society Wind Division co-hosted this webinar (Text Version).

Speaker: Mike Bergey, Bergey WindPower Company and Distributed Wind Energy Association
Date: September 6, 2012
Run Time: 1 hour

Mr. Bergey provided an update on Distributed Wind Energy Association (DWEA) activities since the presentation given to the ASES Wind Division members in Nov 2011. He reviewed subcommittee accomplishments and provided commentary on the current state of the industry.

Use of Predicted vs. Measured Wind Speeds in the Distributed Wind Sector

NREL and the American Solar Energy Society Wind Division co-hosted this webinar (Text Version).

Speaker: Cullen Kasunic, Wind Analytics
Date: July 12, 2012
Run Time: 45 minutes

Cullen Kasunic, vice president and product manager at Wind Analytics, discussed predicted vs measured wind speeds in the distributed wind (DW) sector, and how the differences could affect overall production (output) of the DW turbine or system. Mr. Kasunic also talked about the Wind Analytics methodology and a summary of some of the testing done to date.

Interstate Turbine Advisory Council

NREL and the American Solar Energy Society Wind Division co-hosted this webinar (Text Version).

Speaker: Mark Mayhew, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Date: May 3, 2012
Run Time: 40 minutes

Mark Mayhew, project manager with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), provided an overview of the Interstate Turbine Advisory Council (ITAC); eligibility criteria for small wind manufacturers for ITAC's unified list; the unified list itself; and where the ITAC is in the development of requirements for mid-sized wind.

Acoustic Noise Testing

The organizers of the First International Small Wind Association of Testers (International SWAT) Conference produced a series of webinars that provide an introduction to small wind turbine certification and testing. The organizers recommend that any conference attendees new to the field of small wind turbine certification replay the webinar (Text Version) prior to the conference.

Speaker: Arlinda Huskey, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Date: April 12, 2012
Run Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

The discussion is about acoustic noise testing, one of the four tests that's commonly done as part of the small wind certification testing.

Power Performance Testing

The organizers of the First International Small Wind Association of Testers (International SWAT) Conference produced a series of webinars that provide an introduction to small wind turbine certification and testing. The organizers recommend that any conference attendees new to the field of small wind turbine certification replay the webinar (Text Version) prior to the conference.

Speakers: Arlinda Huskey, National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Paul Molta, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Date: April 3, 2012
Run Time: 1 hour

The discussion is about power performance testing, one of the four tests that's commonly done as part of the small wind certification testing.

Duration Testing

The organizers of the First International Small Wind Association of Testers (International SWAT) Conference produced a series of webinars that provide an introduction to small wind turbine certification and testing. The organizers recommend that any conference attendees new to the field of small wind turbine certification replay the webinar (Text Version) prior to the conference.

Speaker: Ismael Mendoza, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Date: March 27, 2012
Run Time: 1 hour

The discussion is about duration testing, one of the four tests that's commonly done as part of the small wind certification testing.

Small Wind Turbine Standards Safety and Function Testing

The organizers of the First International Small Wind Association of Testers (International SWAT) Conference produced a series of webinars that provide an introduction to small wind turbine certification and testing. The organizers recommend that any conference attendees new to the field of small wind turbine certification replay the webinar (Text Version) prior to the conference.

Speakers: Jeroen van Dam, National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Ismael Mendoza, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Date: March 13, 2012
Run Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

The discussion is about small wind turbine test standards and four standard tests.

Small Wind Turbine Certification and Training

NREL and the American Solar Energy Society Wind Division co-hosted this webinar (Text Version).

Speaker: Tony Jimenez, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Date: March 1, 2012
Run Time: 1 hour

Discussion includes reasons for having small wind turbine certification, who and what roles are involved, four specific tests, and the NREL Regional Test Center Project.

Distributed Wind Site Analysis Tool

NREL and the American Solar Energy Society Small Wind Division co-hosted this webinar (Text Version).

Speaker: Shawn Shaw, The Cadmus Group
Date: January 5, 2012
Run Time: 1 hour

Mr. Shaw provided an overview of the Distributed Wind Site Analysis Tool (DSAT) to discuss why it is needed, what it really is, how it came to be, and what and how it does it. The remainder of the presentation is about performance prediction, the sources of data, how they're used, how the tool performs against other tools, how it performs against reality, and the future for DSAT.

Overview of the Distributed Wind Energy Association and its Activities

NREL and the American Solar Energy Society Small Wind Division co-hosted this webinar (Text Version).

Speaker: Mike Bergey, Bergey Windpower Company, Distributed Wind Energy Association
Date: November 3, 2011
Run Time: 1 hour

Mr. Bergey presented an overview of the Distributed Wind Energy Association (DWEA) organization including its history, mission and goals, and structure. Mr. Bergey also discussed each of DWEA's committees: Federal Policy Committee (structure and objectives, current initiatives); State Policy Committee (structure and objectives, target states, second tier, and policy tracking activities); and, Permitting and Zoning Committee (structure and objectives, fact sheets, national partnerships, installation map, and mentoring program).The webinar wrapped up with an open discussion on participant needs, barriers and target states, and a question and answer session.

Tools and Techniques for Assessing Energy Yield Potential for Small Wind Turbines

NREL and the American Solar Energy Society Small Wind Division co-hosted this webinar (Text Version).

Speaker: Shawn Shaw, The Cadmus Group
Date: September 1, 2011
Run Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Mr. Shaw discussed some of the challenges of estimating the energy output of small wind turbines. These systems, typically installed at the residential and light commercial scales, do not have the benefit of expensive meteorological studies to make accurate energy yield predictions. Instead, there are various computer models, rules of thumb, and assumptions made to calculate annual energy yield. However, these approaches are not always consistent with actual, measured, performance data. In addition to discussing these general challenges, tools, and techniques, Mr. Shaw demonstrated the use of online tools, such as the Small Wind Energy Evaluation Tool (SWEET) to improve the accuracy of pre-installation performance predictions.

Shawn Shaw, senior associate with The Cadmus Group, has 10 years of experience working in the renewable energy field and has worked extensively with distributed wind energy projects and programs in the northeastern United States. In particular, Mr. Shaw has focused on performance monitoring, funding program design and evaluation, site assessment, and the development of tools and resources to help improve the accuracy of pre-installation energy yield predictions.

Small Wind Policy Comparison Tool

NREL and the American Solar Energy Society Small Wind Division co-hosted the webinar (Text Version) to review initial results from a financial analysis tool designed to identify distributed wind policy best practices as part of a U.S. DOE-funded project that can rank states based on their current incentives and market environments, and calculates impacts on project economics for various levels of a national feed-in tariff (FIT).

Speakers: Laurel Varnado, North Carolina Solar Center; Jen Banks, North Carolina Solar Center; Heather Rhoads-Weaver, eFormative Options, LLC.
Date: July 12, 2011
Run Time: 1 hour

"Power Through Policy: 'Best Practices' for Cost-Effective Distributed Wind" helps advocates, utilities, and policy makers to better understand what policy improvements are most needed for small wind turbines up to 100 kW, and where. The tool and accompanying guidebook, to be released in mid-2011, show which policy combinations have the most (and least) impact on the bottom line.

The tool's demo showed how sensitivity analyses can be conducted on various policy options and assumptions to determine impacts and optimal scenarios and guide efficient use of public and ratepayer funds supporting small wind technology.

Case studies were presented to compare and contrast existing policies and "what if" scenarios in one state with another. The webinar highlighted attractive markets and policy targets that offer the quickest return on investment, encouraging states to build on lessons learned with incentives to improve support for small wind.

Wind for Schools

NREL and the American Solar Energy Society Small Wind Division co-hosted the webinar (Text Version) which presented on Wind Powering America's Wind Application Centers.

Speakers: Jerry Hudgins, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Ruth Douglas Miller, Kansas State University; Katherine Keith, University of Alaska
Date: May 12, 2011
Run Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners Current and Planned Activities in Small Wind Credentialing

NREL and the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) Small Wind Division co-hosted the webinar (Text Version), which covered the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners' (NABCEP's) current and planned activities in small wind credentialing.

Speaker: Ezra Auerbach, North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners
Date: March 3, 2011
Run Time: 25 minutes

The following topics were covered.

  • Small Wind Installer
    The program is launched and a handful of people have attained the certification. The eligibility criteria was revised to be more inclusive;

  • Small Wind Site Assessor
    A Joint Task Analysis has been completed and is now available to educators and other interested parties. Funding needs to be found for an exam to be developed. It is anticipated this will be a financial "joint venture" between the stakeholders who feel that a site assessor credential is needed and NABCEP;

  • Small Wind Entry Level
    NABCEP is committed to developing a set of learning objectives and exam for Small Wind Entry Level. NABCEP intends to use the Joint Task Analysis from Small Wind Installer and Small Wind Site Assessor to find common knowledge areas that entry level learning objectives should cover; and,

  • General NABCEP
    Why programs are successful and plans for duplicating successes in small wind.

Estimating Small Wind Turbine Energy Output and Economic Performance

NREL and the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) Small Wind Division co-hosted the webinar (Text Version), which taught methods for estimating wind turbine energy production and economic performance.

Speaker: Tony Jimenez, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Date: November 4, 2010
Run Time: 1 hour

The presentation started with an overview of wind characteristics and energy potential before describing the techniques used to evaluate wind turbine energy production and economic performance. Publically available sources of wind data were also discussed.

Wind for Schools Project and a Roadmap for Development of a Wind Workforce

NREL and the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) Small Wind Division co-hosted the webinar (Text Version), which provided an overview of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Wind for Schools project and an overview of a draft Wind Workforce Roadmap being developed by DOE and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Speaker: Ian Baring-Gould, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Date: September 2, 2010
Run Time: 1 hour

An overview of the DOE Wind for Schools project, what this activity entails, and how states or schools can become involved. The webinar also provided an overview of a draft Wind Workforce Roadmap being developed by DOE and NREL to outline the needed activities to ensure that the nation has the educational infrastructure in place to allow 20% of the nation's electrical energy to come from wind sources.

Small Wind Certification Council

NREL and the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) Small Wind Division co-hosted the webinar (Text Version), which provided an overview and status update on the Small Wind Certification Council (SWCC).

Speaker: Larry Sherwood, executive director, Small Wind Certification Council
Date: July 13, 2010
Run Time: 1 hour

Interested buyers of wind turbines for home, farm, and small business use are faced with choosing from more than 450 product choices from nearly 200 suppliers. Most of these systems have neither been tested nor independently evaluated, essentially leaving early customers to serve as beta or prototype testers, thwarting the small wind market. The SWCC has recently opened its doors and started reviewing applications for independent certification and turbine labels that will help protect consumers from poor products and allow easier comparison shopping.

Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency

NREL and the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) Small Wind Division co-hosted the webinar (Text Version), which introduced the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE).

Speaker: Amanda Vanega, DSIRE
Date: May 6, 2010
Run Time: 1 hour, 23 minutes

For everyone in the small wind industry, understanding the constantly changing state and federal incentives is a challenge. This is especially true for those new to the field. Fortunately, the DSIRE resource is available to help keep track of policies and incentives. Through this webinar, participants learned about the DSIRE database and how to use it effectively. In addition, the webinar provided an overview of emerging policies, incentives and trends, as well as answered questions.