The SWIP project (‘New innovative solutions, components and tools for the integration of wind energy in urban and peri-urban areas’) aims to expand the market for small wind turbines in Europe.
Several barriers currently stand in the way of the uptake of small wind turbines. SWIP will develop, implement and test innovative solutions to overcome these barriers, aiming to reduce maintenance costs by 40%, increase performance by 9% and mitigate or eliminate noise and vibrations. Such measures should help to reduce investment costs and increase the attractiveness of small wind turbines. To test the developed solutions, three pilot demonstrations will take place in Spain and Poland.
SWIP is co-financed by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Innovation and is co-ordinated by CIRCE (Research Centre for Energy Resources and Consumption, Spain). The project consortium contains 13 members from 10 different EU states: Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
Greenovate! Europe leads the Work Package on Dissemination and Exploitation, with its members Van der Meer en Van Tilburg and, CEIS Innovation 128.