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Windtech International July August 2024 issue

 

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The existing turbines at Crater Hill will be replaced by three EWT wind turbinesRoss Island, Antarctica is set to receive three new wind turbines that will power the future Scott Base with more than 90% renewable energy. Three EWT turbines (type DW54X-1MW) have been selected to replace the three existing turbines that supply renewable energy to Scott Base and the neighbouring American base, McMurdo Station.
 
The new turbines are scheduled to sail south to Antarctica in the summer of 2023/24. The new wind turbines are part of an extensive upgrade programme for the Ross Island Wind Energy system. A large battery energy storage system will also be installed and the high voltage network and diesel generators at Scott Base upgraded as part of the project. The EWT turbines will stand at 40m tall (hub height) in the same location as the existing ones at Crater Hill - a small increase in size from the existing hub height of 37m. The first turbine will be installed in the summer of 2024/25, the other two the following year.
 
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