Wind Energy

REdiscover: Isla Turiguano Wind Park (Cuba)

The RE discover series continues….! In this article we venture to Cuba to rediscover the Isla Turiguano Wind Park. And for those of you who are geography enthusiast, the Isla Turiguano Wind Park is located onthe Isle of Turiguano – an artificial island off the central northern coast of Cuba.

Cuba is the largest Island in the Caribbean with a landmass of 110,000 km2 and a population of 11.2 million. The sunny and windy Caribbean climate and Cuba’s special history suggests many opportunities
for tapping renewable energy resources.

The Isla Turiguano Wind Park was commissioned in 1999 as Cuba’s first wind farm. The project, which befitted from the solidarity of various Spanish and German organisation and bodies, comprises of two (2) Ecotecnia 28 – 225 kW wind turbines. It would have been interesting to detail the sites specific data like average wind speed and annual energy production, but that information has proven difficult to ascertain, mainly due to the language barrier I assume.  

For those of you, like myself, that gets exited about the technical details, the Ecotecnia 28 is a three (3) blade wind turbine which is comprised of a two (2) stage parallel shaft gear box and a 380 volts 50 Hz asynchronous generator with power rating as follows:

Rated power: 225,0 kW
Cut-in wind speed: 4,0 m/s
Rated wind speed: 13,5 m/s
Cut-out wind speed: 25,0 m/s
Survival wind speed: 50,0 m/s

Grid synchronization of each turbine is achieve by a thyristor based soft switching scheme.

Next in our REdiscover Series we venture to the eco-exotic Peter Island Resort Spa Wind Turbine (BVI).

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