Task 41 Meetings

Meeting Series: New University Research Collaboration on Distributed Wind Technologies
November 24-26, 2020

Under the auspices of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Wind Technology Collaboration Programme (TCP) Task 41 – Enabling Wind to Contribute to a Distributed Energy Future, members are launching a pilot project to facilitate global distributed wind research. This effort is open to participants with wind turbine design research expertise. A key element to enable the wider use of distributed wind energy is continuing to lower its life cycle cost. The distributed wind community is looking for opportunities to not only down-scale large wind turbine design that may be appropriate for distributed wind turbines but also to up-scale small wind turbine design with a goal of matching the pace of cost reductions seen in other renewable energy technologies.

We are aware of several leading university professors and graduate students currently researching distributed wind turbine designs and features. We are hoping to expand the number of technical papers and journal articles pertaining to distributed wind turbine design, laying the groundwork for a better understanding of future industry-wide cost reduction opportunities. In today’s virtual environment, there are new opportunities to collaborate, share research results, and build international academic rapport.

We are planning virtual meetings in the 2020-21 academic year to discuss distributed wind research needs identified by the distributed wind industry. It is hoped that will allow enough time for spring 2021 students to identify capstone, scoping, and trade-off studies to be conducted. In June 2021, IEA Wind TCP Task 41 will orchestrate a virtual symposium so that all students can share their results. Industry experts may provide verbal feedback, if requested.

Our goals are to:

  • Begin to build global collaborative research targeted at expanding the volume of distributed wind research results.
  • Build a platform for more students to engage their minds in distributed wind technologies and produce capstone projects, technical papers, journal articles, and theses highlighting research results that are important to securing a cleaner energy future that is applicable around the globe.
  • Provide an opportunity for a global community to present research findings through an annual virtual symposium.
  • Share relevant research topics for distributed wind energy development.
  • Facilitate feedback from industry and Task 41 experts on research findings.

To facilitate discussion of potential research topics, we are scheduling three short meetings that will bring together IEA Wind TCP participants and academia. The meetings are designed to allow engagement by researchers from around the globe, and you are cordially invited to attend.

  • 24 November 2020, 19:00 to 20:30 GMT
  • 25 November 2020, 6:00 to 7:30 GMT
  • 26 November 2020, 13:00 to 14:30 GMT

If you are interested in attending one of these meetings, please submit this registration form. Please feel free to forward this invitation to other interested colleagues.


Joint Fall 2020 Virtual Meeting with IEA Wind Tasks 19, 32, and 41
October 21-22, 2020

Task 41 members held three 2-hour meetings over October 20, 21, and 22, 2020 to discuss distributed wind research collaboration opportunities with a focus on grid integration, hybrid systems, downscaling and innovation, and specific country research activities. Task members from Taiwan Institute of Economic Research, Inner Mongolia University of Technology, Technical University of Denmark, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory presented their current research activities. There was a lot of great dialog and sharing of ideas. Task 41 plans to meet again virtually in February 2021.

IEA Wind Task 41 Fall 2019 Meeting
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
Wind Technology Testing Center
80 Terminal Street
Boston, Massachusetts, 02129 USA
October 17-18, 2019
Access meeting presentations and related materials in the Task 41 Library.

Right: Task 41 participants with attendees from the North American Wind Energy Academy/ WindTech Symposium in front of the 90-meter wind turbine blade test frame at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s Wind Technology Testing Center in Boston, Massachusetts.

Task 41 participants pose with attendees from the North American Wind Energy Academy / WindTech Symposium in front of the 90 meter wind turbine blade test fame at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s, Wind Technology Testing Center in Boston Massachusetts.