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Title: 225-kW Dynamometer for Testing Small Wind Turbine Components (Poster)

Abstract

The National Wind Technology Center at NREL has commissioned a 225-kW dynamometer to facilitate the development of advanced generators, gearboxes, and power electronics to reduce the cost and improve the reliability of small wind turbines.

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
943368
DOE Contract Number:
AC36-99-GO10337
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: (Proceedings of) Windpower 2006 Conference and Exhibition (CD-ROM, Business Track), 4-7 June 2006, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Related Information: For pdf see NREL/PO-500-39823
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
17 WIND ENERGY; BUSINESS; DYNAMOMETERS; RELIABILITY; TESTING; WIND TURBINES; Wind Energy

Citation Formats

Green, J. 225-kW Dynamometer for Testing Small Wind Turbine Components (Poster). United States: N. p., 2006. Web.
Green, J. 225-kW Dynamometer for Testing Small Wind Turbine Components (Poster). United States.
Green, J. Sun . "225-kW Dynamometer for Testing Small Wind Turbine Components (Poster)". United States. doi:.
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  • Poster for WindPower 2006 held June 4-7, 2006, in Pittsburgh, PA, describing the 225-kW dynamometer for testing small wind turbine components.
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