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Markets and Applications for Small Wind Turbines

The different applications for which SWTs are especially suitable have been summarised in the Table 6.2 for the main two markets identified: off-grid applications and grid-connected applications.

Table 6.2: Applications of Small Wind Turbines


Source: CIEMAT

The table tries to reflect the possible combinations, according to market, application and size of SWT in the ranges defined in the introduction to this chapter (Table 6.1).  The table shows how isolated systems with SWT offer solutions for almost any application whenever there is enough wind resource at the site.  Depending on the size of the system the three technological solutions for isolated systems are:

  • Wind home systems;
  • Hybrid systems; and
  • Wind-diesel systems.

The status of these options will be commented on in Off-grid Applications.

In the case of on-grid applications, the possibilities are also numerous, depending on the available space for the installation and on legal and economical constraints.  Some options have also been identified, including integration into the built environment, and single and multiple wind turbine installations.  The status of these other options is discussed in Grid Connected Applications.

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