Südwind of Berlin recently delivered a 37 kW turbine to a Russian manufacturer and trading company, Afghanez, in Volgograd, in a project supported by the German Eldorado programme for subsidising renewable energy exports to developing countries. Afghanez will use the turbine as part of a renewables pilot project in which a small estate of energy saving houses is being built. According to Südwind, doing business with Russia is still far from easy. Paperwork at the Polish/Russian border takes at least 24 hours and even after the turbine is up and running a night watchman is needed to protect it from theft or vandalism. Südwind installed 15 turbines last year, including its 270 kW prototype, and expects to install 30 or more in 1994. Ten 270 kW and 37 kW machines have already gone in the ground. Last month the company started operations from new premises in Berlin Kreuzberg. As well as marketing its own turbines the company is also the German marketing agent for Floda of Austria and is selling the first 600 kW Floda machine with 50 m tower for a customer in Dithmarschen. The machine will be up by the end of 1994. The Floda machines are made in England by Markham.
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