January 25, 2016
Clifton Park, NY – The Small Wind Certification Council (SWCC) has granted certification to the Pika Energy T701 small wind turbine. Seven small wind turbine models are now fully certified through SWCC to the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) Small Wind Turbine Performance and Safety Standard.
“SWCC is pleased to add the Pika Energy T701 to our list of certified turbines,” SWCC Executive Director Larry Sherwood said. “Certification demonstrates that the turbine meets rigorous standards and has power and acoustic ratings consumers can use to make purchasing decisions.”
“Pika Energy is proud to have achieved full certification for our U.S.-made T701 wind turbine,” said Pika Energy Product Engineer Tony Nuzzo. “We believe we offer a best-in-class product and this certification is validation of our high standards for quality and performance. We are particularly proud that the T701 is officially the quietest SWCC-certified wind turbine.”
Field testing of the Pika T701 turbine – including Power Performance, Acoustic, Duration, and Safety & Function testing – was conducted at the High Plains Small Wind Test Center in Colby, Kansas as part of the US Department of Energy and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (DOE/NREL) Regional Test Center program. Aeroelastic computer modeling was used to evaluate and optimize the turbine design. SWCC provided the third-party conformity assessment, certifying that the field testing and design engineering meet the requirements of the AWEA Standard and the international IEC standards incorporated within.
Testing resulted in an AWEA Rated Annual Energy @ 5 m/s of 2,420 kWh, AWEA Rated Sound Level of 38.3 dB(A), AWEA Rated Power of 1.5 kW @ 11 m/s, and a Peak Power 1.7 kW @ 13.5 m/s. An AWEA Rated Sound Level of 38.3 dB(A) – which provides an indication of the sound pressure level experienced by a listener positioned 60 meters from the rotor in winds approaching 10 m/s – is the lowest rating of current SWCC certified turbines.
SWCC certification is an independent confirmation that a small wind turbine has been tested and designed according to the requirements of the AWEA Standard. SWCC updates the application status table on its website as milestones are reached. Consumer labels, ratings and summary reports for SWCC certified turbine models, including tabulated power curves, acoustic data, and tower design requirements, along with a complete list of SWCC pending applicant turbine models, are available at www.smallwindcertification.org/for-consumer.