Small Wind Turbine Performance Assessment for Canada
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This paper investigates the performance of small wind turbines across Canada through an analysis of wind resource and turbine performance data. Four sets of data from 25 installations have been analyzed: 12 data sets from a Wind Energy Institute of Canada (WEICan) small wind project completed in Western Canada, 5 from small wind test projects at the WEICan test site on Prince Edward Island; and 8 collected sporadically across Prince Edward Island. The results are compared to previous studies in the U.S.A., Ireland, and England. The consistent finding is that some turbines performed well but there is a pattern of low availability, poor power performance, and low capacity factor. Some possible reasons for the poor performance are advanced.
KeywordsSmall wind turbines Power output Field testing Availability Power curve Capacity factor
Part of this work was funded by the Saskatchewan Research Council’s Small Wind Study.
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