Recommendations from our field trials

Our field trial of domestic wind turbines was the most comprehensive technical monitoring exercise of domestic small-scale wind turbines undertaken in the UK.

We monitored 57 turbines installed at UK homes for at least 12 months. Our findings show that turbine performance is highly dependent upon the local wind speed – so it is vital to accurately predict the wind speed before installing a domestic small-scale turbine.

 

  Key considerations

As a result of these trials, these are the points you should consider when planning a domestic wind turbine installation:

  • Wind turbines do work but only when installed properly in an appropriate location.
  • There is the potential for delivering nearly 2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide savings from domestic small scale wind turbines in the UK. This is equivalent to the annual emissions of approximately 350,000 homes.
  • There is a potential to generate up to 3,500GWh electricity per annum from domestic small-scale wind turbines in the UK.
  • The highest potential for successful household small-scale wind installations is in Scotland.
  • Wind speeds are difficult to predict and highly variable. We recommend that potential customers first use the best available wind speed estimation tools and then, where appropriate, install anemometry to determine the wind speed distribution.
  • The introduction of product and installation standards will require that information from specific products is easily comparable.
  • You are advised to only consider domestic small-scale wind products and installers that are certified under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme.
  • Domestic consumers should consider energy produced from small-scale wind as one option from a potential suite of microgeneration technologies.

Read the report 'Location, location, location: domestic small-scale wind field trial report'.

 

Before you start...

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Focus on improving insulation and tackling draughts.

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