Goal: Form a consortium of distributed wind energy equipment manufacturers, suppliers, customers, and university researchers and develop a roadmap that identifies common manufacturing gaps, prioritizes actions to close these gaps, and fosters rapid transfer of solutions.
- Optimize and harmonize wind turbine designs to improve cost of energy and achieve parity with U.S. retail electricity rates in more markets
- Improve manufacturing parts, materials, and processes, including incorporating lean manufacturing practices
- Optimize standards and certification to enable technology evolution and maintain quality
- Streamline installation and maintenance of wind turbine systems
- Sustain SMART Wind Consortium activities and partnerships
The consortium interacted with IACMI, The Composites Institute (a Manufacturing USA® institute) in the development of the roadmap . The SMART Wind Roadmap is expected to replace the “U.S. Small Wind Turbine Industry Roadmap,” prepared in 2002 by the American Wind Energy Association for the U.S. Department of Energy, as an industry-driven guide to assist funders and investors in selecting R&D activities in distributed wind energy.
The Roadmap recommendations will help U.S. manufacturers accelerate R&D efforts aimed at improving production processes, driving down component costs and helping them stay ahead of growing competition in the field.
Lead: Distributed Wind Energy Association (DWEA)
Funded Participants: Mary Childress CPA, Consultant (Washington, D.C.); eFormative Options (Vashon, Wash.); WindyGlick Communications (Washington, D.C.); Wind Advisors Team (Broomfield, CO)
Award Number: 70NANB14H047
Federal Funding: $488,634
Project Duration: 24 months
AMTech Project Manager: Thomas R. Lettieri