Windflow off to the Shetlands
Embattled NZ wind turbine manufacturer Windflow has reported an initial success in its plan to take its technology around the world.
Windflow announced it has signed a Heads of Agreement with North Fish (Shetland) Ltd (NFS) to jointly develop the first site using a Windflow 500 turbine in the UK. This site is close to Lerwick on the main island of Shetland and installation is planned for summer 2012.
NFS will use the wind-generated electricity to operate a plant to produce carbon neutral biofuel. The process will convert virgin timber into wood chip suitable for use in high efficiency biomass boilers. The biofuel will be supplied to local customers for heating purposes.
“This innovative solution means that Shetlanders will have access to carbon neutral biofuel at stable prices,” Windflow said in a statement.
“The biofuel process can productively use wind energy when it is available, and the wind turbine does not need to be connected to the electricity grid.”
Windflow has placed major hopes for its future on the development of the UK market. The company is also hoping to licence its technology to other turbine manufacturers.
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