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Welcome to Task 27 – Small Wind Association of Testers (SWAT)

IEA Wind Task 27 is supporting the organization of the Small Wind Association of Testers (SWAT). The organization is in its early stages of development. Its purpose is to support the small wind turbine industry by providing standard, cost-effective testing resources to implement the consumer label approved by IEA Wind. Test organizations and certification bodies wishing to issue a consumer label must become a member of SWAT.

Membership
Test organizations and certification bodies wishing to issue a consumer label must become a member of SWAT. Manufacturers may participate through their certification body or as an observer. New SWAT members shall be nominated by an existing SWAT member.  Validation of application by over ½ (simple majority) of current members (one vote per organization). Potential SWAT members are invited to participate as an observer (observer has no voting rights). SWAT membership can equally be revoked by a vote of over ½ (simple majority of SWAT members). The balloting process will be handled via email (All the SWAT member should vote YES/NO/Abstention)

The following sequence leads to achieve the ability to issue the customer label.

  1. SWAT member application form [Download application form]
  2. SWAT member qualification. Competent for full scope of the label: energy production, acoustics, duration. SWAT member applicants should submit a capability statement (e.g. an example of previous work). Before joining or every three years, at least some type of Round-Robin validation test should be done.
  3. SWAT member submits SWAT summary report and issued label to the IEA Wind Task 27 blog web page or its successors.
  4. Questions or comments would be dealt with by exception and submitted to the IEA Wind Task 27 blog web page or its successors.
  5. Issuing SWAT member is responsible for label; modifications, updating, and new models.

Accreditation
Governance principles were developed under IEA Wind Task 27 for the Small Wind Association of Testers. Four levels of accreditation from the SWAT test agency were defined. 

  1. A = accredited certification body (EN 45011 and ISO/IEC guide 65),
  2. B =independent accredited test organization
  3. C = independent unaccredited test organization (SWAT Members)
  4. D = observers (manufacturer, non-validated test sites or others)

Table 2 lists the data classes from small wind turbine test facilities owned by the IEAWind Task 27 participants.

Table 2 Data available from small wind turbine test facilities


Country

SWAT Test Sites Available

Level

Data availability

Australia

RISE Facilities

C

Low turbulence data available

Canada

WEICan / DEWI

C / B

Low turbulence and very cold weather data available

Denmark

RISO

C

Low turbulence data available

Germany

 

 

 

Greece

TEI

B

 

Ireland

 

 

 

Japan

No available yet

C

High turbulence data available

Spain

CIEMAT-CEDER

Going to B

Low turbulence data available

Sweden

No available yet

Going to A & B

 

United Kingdom

TUV-NEL

A & B

Mid turbulence data available

United States

NREL

B

High turbulence data available

United States

SWCC

Going to A?

 

United States

Regional Test Centers

C

 

France (observer)

SEPEN /Narbone

C

High turbulence data unavailable


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