Plans for a 16.5 MW wind farm at the Beta oil refinery in Wilhelmshaven (Windpower Monthly, December 1995) have not been affected by the start of the refinery's bankruptcy proceedings, assures refinery manager Johan van Weelden. But to make absolutely sure, he has set up a new company, Eta Windenergie, to build and run the wind station which will consist of eleven 1.5 MW Enercon machines. In parallel, he hopes to have a 3 MW prototype vertical axis machine installed on a refinery chimney stack, possibly in 1997. "The design has been developed internationally in co-operation with the British-based Eurowind," says van Weelden. He has applied for aid under the European Union's Thermie programme towards development of the prototype.
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