Hybrid wind-diesel project planned for Caribbean island

Bonaire requires approximately 12 MW of power at peak moments. The new system will be able to provide the whole island with electricity by the end of 2008. It is expected to drive energy prices down while at the same time reducing Bonaire’s dependence on the fluctuating oil prices.

EcoPower says it intends to install a new Enercon E33 wind turbine at Sorobon on the south-east coast of the island. An obsolete Nedwind turbine that has not been operational for the last 10 years will be removed. The turbine will start supplying electricity in the second quarter of 2007. The next phase — to be completed in the 3rd quarter of 2008 — will involve the construction of a 10 MW wind farm and a 13 MW diesel power plant.

A ‘HotModule’ fuel cell-based power generation and cooling system from CFC Solutions GmbH will soon be ensuring reliable operation of the servers in a T-Systems computer centre in Munich, Germany. The company received the order from Munich-based PASM Power and Air Condition Solution Management GmbH & Co. KG, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom AG, which is responsible for procurement of all the energy needs of Deutsche.

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