European SWIP Project: small wind energy in cities

The Energy Resources & Consumption Research Centre (CIRCE) is coordinating the European SWIP project to drive development and expansion of small wind energy in urban and suburban surroundings. As well as a new design for blades and mechanical components, new solutions will also be thought up to reduce return-on-investment cycles, minimise noise and vibrations, help the aesthetic and structural integration of wind turbines in the building process, plus produce new best practice guides and recommendations for optimum roll-outs in urban environments. Thirteen organisations around Europe are taking part in this initiative, which has an overall budget of €6.5 million.