In 2014-2016, the Wind Advisors Team worked with eFormative Options to manage the Sustainable Manufacturing, Advanced Research & Technology (SMART) Wind Consortium and develop a consensus-based, shared‐vision Roadmap that identifies common distributed wind research and manufacturing gaps and barriers, prioritizes solutions to those gaps for today and for future scalability, and facilitates a rapid transfer of innovation into American‐manufactured wind turbines.
Managed by the Distributed Wind Energy Association and funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia program, the Consortium gathered more than two dozen distributed wind energy equipment manufacturers; 50 other vendors and industry supply chain members; researchers from four federal laboratories; 30 academic stakeholders; and nearly 20 nonprofit organizations, government representatives and other stakeholders. This initiative will open up new market opportunities and expand the number of distributed wind applications, thereby maintaining U.S. global competitiveness and leadership.
Smart Grid News. May 12, 2016. Distributed Wind Wants Its Share (of the Multi-Trillion Dollar Microgrid Boom)
Utility Dive. May 11, 2016. SMART Wind Roadmap Pinpoints Top Actions to Innovate and Boost U.S.-Led Distributed Wind Manufacturing