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Siemens Industry Inc.'s Drive Technologies Division has launched a pilot program partnership with Boston-based Eastern Wind Power to test several new solutions for decentralised power generation in the small-mid range.

Siemens partnered with Eastern Wind Power for a proposed six-month pilot program in which the two parties integrated a Siemens 55kW permanent magnet generator and Energy Conversion System within the first prototype of Eastern Wind Power's Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT). The project is being conducted at Martha's Vineyard Airport in Edgartown, Massachusetts, USA. The turbine is connected to the NSTAR grid, the largest Massachusetts-based investor-owned electric and gas utility.  The companies are logging real time data including kilowatt output credited to the airport, temperature, wind speed, and wind direction.  Upon completion of small wind safety certification this winter, the companies expect to build and install a second unit atop a high-rise building in Boston for further testing.
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