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Wind turbines produce electricity using the kinetic (renewable) energy from the wind. The energy performance of a wind power system is influenced by a number of factors. For example, these may include resource elements such as the wind speed or wind power density at hub height, the wind shear exponent, the air temperature and the atmospheric pressure. Other factors include design and operation elements such as the wind turbine power capacity and energy curve data, hub height, swept area, number of turbines, array losses, airfoil losses, miscellaneous losses (e.g. parasitic electricity losses, transmission line losses, losses due to low wind energy absorption rate) and the wind turbine availability. Refer to the Schematic of a Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine for more information.

Software & Data
The RETScreen Software Wind Power Model can be used worldwide to evaluate the energy production and savings, costs, emission reductions, financial viability and risk for central-grid, isolated-grid and off-grid wind energy projects, ranging in size from large scale multi-turbine wind farms to small scale single-turbine wind-diesel hybrid systems. The software (available in multiple languages) also includes product, project and climate databases, a detailed user manual, and links to wind Energy resource maps.

Click here to download RETScreen Suite

Training material
RETScreen - Wind Energy Project Analysis - Presentation slides (1.79 MB)
RETScreen - Wind Energy Project Analysis - Voice & slides - part 1/3 (2.90 MB)
RETScreen - Wind Energy Project Analysis - Voice & slides - part 2/3 (1.68 MB)
RETScreen - Wind Energy Project Analysis - Voice & slides - part 3/3 (1.98 MB)
RETScreen - Wind Energy Project Analysis - Speaker's notes

e-Textbook / Guides
RETScreen - Wind Energy Project Analysis - e-Textbook chapter (675 KB)
RETScreen - Wind Energy Project Model (Version 3) - User manual (937 KB)

Case studies / Templates
Power - Wind turbine - 1 kW - Off - grid
Power - Wind turbine - 150 kW - Isolated-grid / Canada
Power - Wind turbine - 390 kW - Isolated-grid / Canada
Power - Wind turbine - 600 kW / Canada
Power - Wind turbine - 9,900 kW / Canada
Power - Wind turbine - 9,900 kW / Germany
Power - Wind turbine - 19,200 kW / Canada
Power - Wind turbine - 20,000 kW / India
Power - Wind turbine - 20,700 kW / Jamaica
Power - Wind turbine - 40,000 kW / Denmark
Power - Wind turbine - 50,000 kW
Power - Wind turbine - 63,700 kW / Unites States of America
Power - Wind turbine - 99,000 kW - Performance analysis / Canada
Power - Wind turbine - 99,000 kW - Prefeasibility analysis / Canada
Power - Wind turbine - GHG reduction income - Policy / China


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