A new small wind turbine is being manufactured on Tyneside by two British companies. The 20 kW wind turbine -- named the Gazelle -- will be the only machine of its size made in the UK. Renewable energy consultants North Energy Associates of Morpeth, Northumberland, have teamed up with MKW Engineering Ltd to create Gazelle Wind Turbines Ltd at MKW's factory in Ryton. The Gazelle is the brainchild of Garry Jenkins of North Energy Associates. He explains: "Our market research reveals a niche for small businesses about the size of dairy farms that want to generate their own power. It is also suitable for schools, hospitals, eco-centres and similar places which have spaces nearby." He claims to have had strong interest already from prospective customers in the UK and Europe. Project financing is being shared by both companies with part funding from the Department of Trade and Industry. The first turbine is expected to be up and running in September. It will be tested on the Ryton site and then at the National Engineering Laboratory's test centre in Scotland. "After completion of testing, we go into production, and expect to be selling machines early in 1999," says MKW's Michael Wright.
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