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Prototype blown down
1 August 1996
A Spanish wind turbine prototype, belonging to Desarrollos Eolicos, was blown down in high winds which hit Tarifa last month. The A300 had been installed about a year ago and the owner company, a subsidiary of industrial giant Abengoa, had hoped to turn the 300 kW turbine into the company's workhorse at sites all over the country. According to experts the tower was blown down as wind speeds hit 160 kilometres an hour. Wind turbines in Tarifa are supposedly built to withstand wind speeds of up to 200 kph. Company engineers are currently drawing up a report.
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