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US regional test centres for small wind

Small wind regional test centres to test small wind turbines will be set up by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program and four partners.

The four award recipient partners are Intertek Testing Services NA Inc in New York, Kansas State University, The Alternative Energy Institute at West Texas A&M University, and Windward Engineering LLC in Utah.

The Regional Test Center project goal is to support the US small wind market by increasing the number of organisations qualified to conduct small wind turbine standards testing and to drive down the cost of this testing.

Test results are used by certification bodies, such as the Small Wind Certification Council, to certify small wind turbines for durability and performance.

Testing is scheduled to begin later in 2010 and will last approximately 12-18 months.

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