Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Wind Farmers Network's Expert Q&A Session #4: Small Wind Turbines

Wind Farmers Network's Expert Q&A Session #4: Small Wind Turbines

The Wind Farmers Network hosts a series of Expert Question and Answer sessions. This is your opportunity to to have your questions answered by wind energy experts from various branches of the wind industry. So go wild ask away.

Our current topic:
To kick off Windustry's new Small Wind Program we have an expert on small wind turbine technology, testing, and distributed wind policy/markets to answer your questions about small wind energy systems.

Meet Trudy Forsyth:
Trudy Forsyth has been working for National Renewable Energy Laboratory as a Senior Project Leader in Small Wind Energy Research and Development since 1994. She has a masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Colorado and over the past 11 years has worked with several small wind turbine manufacturers on advanced small turbine design, building of and testing new prototypes. She has been the Department of Energy Golden Field Office liaison and coordinator of National Renewable Energy Laboratory technical support for the Small Wind Turbine Field Verification Project where she has been involved in testing small wind turbines against International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards. Ms. Forsyth has helped write various publications on small wind turbines, from IEC technical standards to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Small Wind Turbine Industry Roadmap and has presented, under the Wind Powering America program, small wind turbine technical and state policy/market information to wind audiences throughout the US.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is the nation's primary laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. Established in 1974, NREL has wind energy facilities testing turbine gear boxes, blades, and performance as well as 8 research turbines in the field. For more information about NREL link to: .

Trudy looks forward to answering your questions about small wind technology, small wind testing, and distributed wind policy and markets. In the event a question is presented she can not answer, she will utilize her colleagues within the NREL Wind Technology Center to provide you with a comprehensive answer.

Please submit your questions to Trudy using this link: .

The deadline for submitting questions is Wednesday, December 14th, 2005. Answers will be posted on the Wind Farmers Network around December 20th, 2005.

Brian Antonich
Small Wind Program Analyst
2105 1st Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
612.870.3465 (phone)
612.813.5612 (fax)