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Growing the Small Wind Market Through Testing and Certification. Brent Summerville, Technical Director Small Wind Certification Council. SWCC: Small Wind Certification Council. New independent, third-party certification body to serve North America

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Growing the small wind market through testing and certification

Growing the Small Wind Market Through Testing and Certification

Brent Summerville, Technical Director

Small Wind Certification Council


Swcc small wind certification council

SWCC: Small Wind Certification Council

  • New independent, third-party certification body to serve North America

  • Certify that small wind turbines (SWTs) meet the requirements of the new AWEA Small Wind Turbine Performance and Safety Standard

  • Used as incentive eligibility


Problem

Problem

  • Small turbine performance specifications are not standardized

  • Agencies and utilities providing financial assistance are asking for performance assurance to increase support for incentives

  • Consumers need greater certainty of function, performance, and durability

  • Less than half of turbine models on the market have been tested


Growth

Growth

www.awea.org


California

California

Inaccurate performance ratings (Power)

Suspension of $3/watt rebate in March, stakeholder meeting in April

www.greentechmedia.com


New jersey

New Jersey

  • REIP, Renewable Energy Incentive Program (rebate based on expected kWh)

  • Field failures = suspend program in March and call a stakeholder meeting in April

www.njcleanenergy.com


Why certification

Why Certification?

  • Allow consumer comparison of products

  • Funding agencies will gain greater confidence that small turbines installed with public assistance have been tested for safety, function, performance and durability and meet requirements of consensus standards

  • Consumer protection and industry credibility


Trend require certification for incentives

Trend: Require certification for incentives

  • Energy Trust of Oregon

  • Focus on Energy (Wisconsin)

  • New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

  • Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC)

  • California Energy Commission (CEC)

  • Colorado, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, Vermont

  • New Jersey?


Uk mcs leading the way

UK/MCS leading the way

  • 8 turbines now on the MCS list

www.microgenerationcertification.org


Swcc certification pending applicants

SWCC Certification Pending Applicants


Trend status reporting

Trend: Status reporting

  • SWCC Status reporting

    • Previous

      • Application Pending

      • Conditional Temporary Certification

      • Certified

    • New

      • Under Contract

      • Under Test

      • Reports Submitted

      • Limited Power Performance Certification

      • Conditional Temporary Certification

      • Certified


Trend consumer labeling example awea standard coming soon international labeling

Trend: Consumer LabelingExample: AWEA StandardComing soon…International Labeling


Product development scenarios

Product Development Scenarios

  • “The Short Circuit”

  • Certification


Trend cash flow hybrid

Trend: “Cash flow hybrid”


Certification based on

Certification based on…

  • an evaluation of:

    • Field testing

    • Wind turbine design


Trend understanding vawts

Trend: Understanding VAWTs


Trend reciprocity

Trend: Reciprocity


Certification to awea vs mcs certification in the uk

Certification to AWEA vs.MCS Certification in the UK

MCS Certification to BWEA

Required

  • Limited Design Evaluation

  • Power Performance

  • Safety and Function

  • Duration

  • Acoustic Noise (reporting differs)

  • Factory Production Control

  • SWCC Certification to AWEA

  • Required

  • Limited Design Evaluation

  • Power Performance

  • Safety and Function

  • Duration

  • Acoustic Noise (reporting differs)


Trend reciprocity1

Trend: Reciprocity

  • UK and North America

  • Harmonization of BWEA/AWEA Standards

  • Example: Acoustics

Analyzed for BWEA Standard

Testing performed per IEC 61400-11 with some modifications

Analyzed for AWEA Standard


Trend reciprocity2

Trend: Reciprocity

  • SWCC/BRE Global agreement signed in April 2011

  • "Conditional Temporary Certification"


Trend installer certification

Trend: Installer Certification

  • North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) has certified 1st round of installers

www.nabcep.org


Growing the small wind market through testing and certification

SWCC certifies Mechanical Strength, Durability,

Function & Performance of turbine systemto the AWEA standard

NRTLs certify ElectricalSafety of Turbine &

Controller (new UL Standards in development)

PE certifies Tower & Foundation

NRTLs certify Inverter

to IEEE 1547/UL 1741

Grid-tie Small Wind Turbine in the US

NABCEP certifies the Installer

Wired per National Electrical Code (NEC) (new in 2011)


Thank you

Thank you

Brent Summerville

Technical Director, SWCC

[email protected]


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