Distributed Wind Research

NREL's distributed and small wind research aims to increase opportunities for Americans to use wind power generated onsite.

Two small wind turbines in front of a mountain range.

NREL's distributed wind research capabilities span the innovation pipeline, including design, modeling, simulation, resource characterization, analysis, and manufacturing. Companies can take full advantage of our facilities, research and development capabilities, and world-class experts to get the support they need.

Our work also supports the U.S. Department of Energy's efforts to reduce installed costs, increase the number of small wind turbines on the market through certification evaluation, and improve small-scale turbine and plant performance.

Areas of Expertise

  • Advanced controls research
  • Deployable wind systems for defense and disaster applications
  • Infrastructure for microgrid and hybrid power research
  • National and international standards development
  • Performance assessment tools
  • Stakeholder engagement and outreach

Current Projects


Case Studies

More project examples can be found at the U.S. Department of Energy's Wind Energy Technologies Office.


The lead for distributed wind energy research at NREL focuses on a variety of areas pertinent to the diverse distributed wind industry, including modeling and simulation, siting, resource characterization, and technology development.