Wind-diesel hybrid project to begin

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Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd has been selected as lead manager for a government project to develop a 100 kW wind-diesel hybrid system. The government's alternative energy promotion organisation, New Energy Development Organisation (NEDO), is financing the five year project with a $10 billion grant. According to general manager Toru Nagao from Fuji's research and technology department, the aim is to develop a small hybrid wind turbine which is connected to a diesel generator. Its special feature will be resistance to the strong winds, such as those which frequently sweep Okinawa. The turbine also has to be easy to erect in isolated locations. The market for the system is expected to be Japan's many small islands and other areas of Asia with small isolated grids.

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