NREL Project Set to Finish in 2013 by Katie Perkins at AEI, West Texas A&M University.
In late 2010, the Alternative Energy Institute began a project that involved testing two small wind turbines for certification by the Small Wind Certification Council (SWCC). That project is set to finish this later this year. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory provided the funding to test both small wind turbines. The Nikko 1kW and Hummingbird 10kW wind turbines were tested by the team of David Carr, Associate Director of Testing and Resource Assessment, Wesley Warren, Research Technician, and several students from West Texas A&M University.
NIKKO Company is a manufacturer of small wind turbines in Japan. They have been developing and producing small wind turbines for 10 years. The NIKKO 1kW wind turbine was designed to have a low cut-in speed and a passive pitch control. These two features allow the turbine to start generating power at low wind speeds and the turbine has a self-adjusting pitch control for additional safety and power generation during periods of high winds. The NIKKO 1kW was successfully tested by the Alternative Energy Institute and was certified by SWCC in 2012.
Potencia Industrial is the manufacturer for the Hummingbird 10kW turbine. The company has been designing and manufacturing special application, high efficiency electrical motors and generators for 50+ years. Potencia Industrial is a member of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the Mexican Wind Energy Association (MEXWEA), and the Electric Manufacturing Chamber of Mexico. The Hummingbird 10kW is set to finish testing in July 2013.
For more information on the National Renewable Energy Association, please visit their website at http://www.nrel.gov. Please visit http://www.nikko-company.co.jp/ for more information on NIKKO Company. Information about Potentica Industrial can be found at http://www.potenciaindustrial.com.mx/html/home-en.html.