Certification Gets Small Wind Turbine Market Turning
Standard 9.1-2009 was developed by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) to eliminate misleading manufacturer claims and make it easier for consumers to accurately compare small wind turbines, which are defined as having a rotor swept area of up to 200 m2 (a radius of approximately 8m, or 26 ft.), usually with no more than 50–60 kW capacity. The standard has just begun to catch on, with two turbines certified to date and more on the way this year. The Small Wind Certification Council (SWCC) has fully certified the Southwest Skystream 3.7 and the Bergey Excel 10. SWCC also grants conditional certification to turbines meeting standards used internationally, such as the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) in the U.K. Including conditional certifications, SWCC certifies five turbines; Intertek, a separate testing site and certifying body, conditionally certifies two more. ...