It took four years to develop at a cost of FFR 2.8 million. The CH Caphorn 10/POL will undergo trials during the summer at a site near the Sallèles-Limousis wind farm, north of Carcassonne in southern France. If all goes well the turbine will be delivered to the customer/operator, the Institut Francais pour la Recherche et la Technologie Polaires (IFRTP), which will ship it to Antarctica in September.
CITA has a firm option to sell four more of the turbines to IFRTP next year. CITA's second turbine model, the CH Caphorn 12/5.3, is based on similar technology but is intended for more conventional use and will sell to private individuals living in remote areas. CITA then plans to create a range of turbines from micro size to turbines for offshore use.