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Tools and Techniques for Assessing Energy Yield Potential for Small Wind Turbines: An ASES Small Wind Division Webinar

September 1, 2011

NREL and the American Solar Energy Society Small Wind Division co-hosted this webinar. Trudy Forsyth, from NREL moderated. Shawn Shaw, The Cadmus Group, was the speaker.

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.

Audio and text versions of the webinar are available (WMV 21.4 MB) Download Windows Media Player. Time: 01:23:19. Text Version (PDF 193 KB) Download Adobe Reader.

—Julie Jones