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Britain's Overseas Development Agency (ODA) has initiated a study in Bangladesh to assess wind resource potential on seven coastal sites. The project is being implemented by Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS) in association with the UK government's Energy Technology Support Unit. Says Anwar Hossain of BCAS: "The recently adopted national energy policy has underlined the importance of renewables in the future energy scenario of Bangladesh. So far no pilot project has been undertaken for wind energy due to lack of reliable data and feasibility studies." Cyclone conditions in Bangladesh -- likely to pose a severe threat to wind energy equipment -- have been taken account of when installing the 25 metre wind measurement masts. "We are using equipment that can be dismantled at short notice to protect it from damage," says Hossain. An independent study on wind speeds at Chittagong Harbour at 20 metres indicates that March through November have the best potential. A workshop is to be held to review the current progress and to initiate a feasibility study for setting up wind farms.

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