Small scale wind energy application in rural areas

Tuesday 16 March 2009, 11:00 - 12:30

'Protis' room (Palais de Arts, Parc Chanot)

This side event consisted in a discussion workshop that considered the question ‘How may a large market for grid-connected microgeneration in richer countries affect wind power in poorer countries?’

In the ‘small is beautiful’ era of the 1970s, there was significant development of small-scale wind power for water pumping and autonomous power especially in developing countries; yet widespread success had not occurred. However, some 30 years later, microgeneration is expanding rapidly in developed countries.

The workshop discussed the effects of standardisation, institutional support, technical innovation, mass markets, information availability, crossover of solar photovoltaics and wind, etc.

Moderator: John Twidell (AMSET Centre, UK) with colleagues Gerard van Bussel (TUDelft, The Netherlands) and Luc Dewilde (3E, Belgium).

This discussion Workshop was introduced by Prof John Twidell, Prof Gerard van Bussel and Dr Luc Dewilde. There was then a structured discussion for all those attending.

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