Wind Test Site


The Living City Campus houses Ontario’s only small-scale wind turbine test site, which includes one vertical and four horizontal wind turbines with various rating powers installed at different hub heights.

A meteorological tower was set up to collect wind speed and direction data from eight different heights for the purpose of assessing the wind systems at the site.

A custom monitoring and data acquisition system provides live data logging and archiving capabilities for education and research.

wind turbines at the Living City Campus

The power generated by the wind turbines is compared to manufacturer rating curves and assessed in partnership with local universities.

Experienced staff from TRCA’s Sustainable Technologies Evaluation Program (STEP) conducts independent third-party product evaluations at this Lab.

This research yields valuable information on the performance of these technologies and helps to determine best practices for their operation and maintenance, which STEP disseminates to industry, government, academia and the general public.


Performance Evaluation of Home Scale Wind Turbines


Performance Evaluation of a 700 W Vertical Axis Wind Turbine