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Explaining misunderstanding regarding his earlier letter on EU research priorities on large turbines projects and arguing against spending money on proving the viability of machines already proven.

From: Jose I. Ibarra, Iberdola S.A., Spain

My point about EU research priorities on large turbines projects, in particular the EURE project, seems to have been misunderstood (Letters, More on Research, November 1996). As I understand it, the aim of this project is to prove the viability of the large turbine concept through a feasibility study. But the EU has already supported the development of large turbines via, for example, the WEGA-II project. Today a collection of turbines powered at more than 750 kW are considered commercial and are already operating in wind farms to prove the point. My argument is against spending money on proving the viability of such machines when we can see they are viable today. Is it necessary to fund a research project to prove a concept that only needs the confirmation of operational experience?

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