Most western European countries have established national wind test sites. There has been a tradition of close co-operation between these sites and, supported by the European Commission, many useful documents have been developed by ECWETS (the European Community Wind Energy Test Station). More recently, the MEAS-NET network for the promotion of quality, common interpretation and mutual recognition in testing standards, was created.

MEASNET is a European collaboration of experts concerned with establishing rigorous standards for all measurement procedures related to wind energy. In particular, they have drawn up draft guidelines for 'power performance measurement procedure'. Although heavily reliant on the IEC Standard, they are in some areas more precise.

Renewable Energy 101

Renewable Energy 101

Renewable energy is energy that is generated from sunlight, rain, tides, geothermal heat and wind. These sources are naturally and constantly replenished, which is why they are deemed as renewable. The usage of renewable energy sources is very important when considering the sustainability of the existing energy usage of the world. While there is currently an abundance of non-renewable energy sources, such as nuclear fuels, these energy sources are depleting. In addition to being a non-renewable supply, the non-renewable energy sources release emissions into the air, which has an adverse effect on the environment.

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