Small Wind Research and
Development Program
Invitation for Small Wind Industry
CanWEA , Vancouver
October 3, 2011
Paul Dockrill
Acting Manager
NRCan Wind Energy Technology Group
Ottawa, Ontario
 Varied record of small wind turbines
 Performance
 Reliability
 Saskatchewan Small Wind incentive program
 Saskatchewan Research Council data
 45% AEP of predicted AEP (average of all turbines)
 Some turbines at or near 100% AEP
 Similar results US CADMUS; UK Warwick studies
 How to improve?
 How can CanmetENERGY Wind Energy Technology
Group play a role?
How does Large Wind do it?
 Large wind guaranteed power and
 Small Wind Turbines were once Large
Wind Turbines.
 One factor – testing
 Standardized test procedures (IEC 61400)
 Track effects of technology
 Reference baseline performance data
Small Wind Turbine R&D Testing
Program Concept
 Encourage technology advancement by promoting standardized
testing and analysis of data
 Test to recognized standard
 Analysis of data as per standard
 Develop “before” baseline reference data
 Compare to data from “after” technology update
 Targeted funding specific to testing and analysis costs
 Goal – Improve performance and reliability of small wind
turbines (up to 300 kW)
How would the Program work?
 Turbine improvement in areas of power performance, acoustics,
reliability/duration, others
 Turbine tested to recognized standards (IEC, AWEA, CSA)
 Standard configuration to set baseline - “before”
 Implement technology modification
 Test again to same test protocol – “after”
 Analysis of before and after data to quantify expected
performance improvement
 Test site analysis, testing and data analysis done by third party
recognized test organization
 Test at site other than test center – OK
 Require third party analysis of site and data
Eligible Costs
 Test equipment, data systems, and installation
 IEC class anemometers, power transducers, wind direction,
data loggers (calibrated)
 Met towers, wiring, installation
 Acoustic measurement system - cost of use (not purchase
 Third party services
 Analysis of site and installation or review of installation
 Analysis of data
 Summary reports in accordance with standards
 Costs specific to the tests
Selection of Turbines
Call for proposals
Eligible Turbines
Canadian manufacturers
Canadian academia
Turbines already under test – costs for “after” test and analysis only
Ranking Criteria
Minimize application process
Reviewed and ranked by panel of independent technical experts
Technical concept and potential performance improvement
Technical development plan – degree to which overall R&D technology plan has been
Test Program and ability of proponent to complete development and test program
Funding ask leveraged to overall investment
Level of sales of manufacturer and turbine (manufacturer)
Scope of learning opportunity from turbine project (academia)
Highest ranked turbines – first opportunity for funding
Process of Grant and Contribution Agreement
Conceptual Funding Parameters
 Program Funding - $150,000 to $200,000 over 3
 Individual Program Contribution limit - $40,000
 40% payment on receipt and approval of “before” test
 60% payment on receipt and approval of “after” test
 100% if “after” test only
What the Program is Not
 No Funding for Testing Leading to
 No Funding for Technology Development
 Industry consultation
 To March 31, 2012
 Formal Program Development
 2nd quarter 2012
 Call for Proposals
 3rd quarter 2012
 Successful candidates negotiate agreement
 4th quarter 2012 to March 31, 2013
 Program Funding
 2012 through March 31, 2015
Industry Input
 Email Addresses
 [email protected] – English
 [email protected] – Français
Thank You
Paul Dockrill
A/Program Manager
Wind Energy Technologies
[email protected]
(613) 996-4523

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