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IEA Releases Study on Wind Energy in Cold Climates

22 May 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) Implementing Agreement for Co-operation in the Research, Development and Deployment of Wind Energy Systems (Wind) Expert Group released a study on recommended practices for wind energy projects in cold climates.

Noting the considerable potential but additional challenges that cold climates pose for wind energy technologies, including icy conditions and operating temperatures lower than the design limits of standard wind turbines, the IEA Wind report provides recommendations for implementing wind energy projects in frigid environments. The report suggests best practice guides for generic wind energy developments as starting points for similar developments in cold climates, but highlights the need to assess additional risks involved in cold conditions, particularly with regards to site access, working conditions, technology selection, loads, noise, health and safety, public safety and energy production. The report emphasizes the importance of site assessments, project design and system operation to the success and growth of wind energy production in cold climates.

IEA Wind enables member countries to exchange information on the planning and execution of national, large-scale wind system projects and to undertake co-operative research and development projects. [IEA Wind Report]