Built-Environment Wind Turbines

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Built-environment wind turbine projects are wind energy projects that are constructed on, in, or near buildings. These projects present an opportunity for distributed, low-carbon generation combined with highly visible statements on sustainability, but the built-environment niche of the wind industry is still developing and is relatively less mature than the utility-scale wind or traditional distributed wind sectors.

NREL researchers published a report, Built-Environment Wind Turbine Roadmap, that summarizes the findings of the Rooftop and Built-Environment Wind Turbine Workshop held August 11 - 12, 2010, at the National Wind Technology Center, located at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Boulder, Colorado. The roadmap identifies key barriers to the development and deployment of built-environment wind turbines and outlines a strategic approach to addressing these barriers. It's a good starting place to learn more about this wind energy industry sector in the United States.

Information about the Building 12 project at NASA's Johnson Space Center, a project that utilizes built-environment wind turbines, is available on OpenEI.