Publication date: August 2008
Small-scale wind energy (wind turbines <50 kW rated capacity)
is receiving increasing interest as one of a number of
microgeneration technologies with potential to reduce carbon
emissions. But the overall potential of small-scale wind energy to
reduce carbon emissions, and the conditions under which maximum
carbon reductions can be made, have not been entirely clear.
Recognising this, the Carbon Trust commissioned research from the
Met Office and Entec to determine:
- The potential UK carbon savings from small-scale wind energy;
- How small wind turbines can best be sited to save most
Two reports describe the outcomes of this work:
Small-scale Wind Energy
Policy insights and practical guidance CTC738 (PDF) - For
government policy makers and organisations considering installing
small wind turbines. It gives policy insights and practical
guidance based on research by the Met Office and Entec.
Wind Energy Technical Report (PDF) - For engineers and
scientists working in the field.