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Israeli machines for Golan Hights

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Ten updated versions of the Austrian designed Floda wind turbine are to be installed on the Golan Heights in Israel early next year and there are plans by Israeli Electrical Corp to install a further 5-6 MW of wind power in the same area. The 600 kW Floda machines will be built in Israel at the facilities of TRM Advanced Wind Technologies; the first blades will be manufactured this autumn and the prototype machines will be installed in the first quarter of next year.

Speaking at the American Windpower '94 conference in Minnesota last month, Edan Harel of TRM and Mei Golan Wind Energy Ltd said research and development of the improved Floda design -- the TRM 645 -- will all officially be done in Israel. Full production at Kritat Shmona will commence in 1995, with manufacturing volume reaching some 120 turbines a year. The 45 m diameter rotor of the TRM 645 -- five metres longer than the Floda -- is mounted on a 42 metre tower with a hub height of 43.5 metres. The machine is variable speed and the blades are made of epoxy composite, advanced resin and carbon fibres, a material which is far more resistant to dirt degradation than glass fibre, said Harel.

Ten Flodas were installed and started operating in the Golan Heights in 1992 at Bashanit, on the eastern edge of the Great Arabian Desert, and started commercial operation in August 1993. In the (low wind) six months of August through January they produced just over 6 million kWh, less than one-third of the projected annual output.

Harel also said that the Israeli Electrical Corp will soon install 5-6 MW of wind, tentatively HMZ turbines from Belgium, on the Golan Heights. That's where the main resource is in Israel, he said. But TRM also hopes to install an additional 20 MW in Galilee and in other parts of Israel, away from the Golan Heights, he added.

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