- Published: 02 August 2005 02 August 2005
Bangladesh’s first wind-generated power project has been put into operation on a pilot basis with a high rate of success in producing electricity. Electricity generated on a trial basis from four wind turbines is connected, with the distribution cable of Palli Biddut Samity providing uninterrupted additional power generation with a capacity of 1MW per day for the last four months. A total of four three-bladed wind turbines were installed at Muhari in the Feni district of Chittagong division, southeast of Bangladesh, with the assistance of the Indian NEPC Company under the direct supervision of the Bangladesh Power Development Board (PDB). The 50-foot (15m) tall wind turbines with a maximum power production capacity of 225kW each have been installed at a cost of US$ 1.23 million. The PDB could produce 2,000MW of power in the coastal belt by installing 30 wind turbines per square kilometre. Bangladesh has good opportunities for wind power because it has a 724km long coastline and many small islands in the Bay of Bengal, where strong southwesterly winds and sea breezes blow in the summer months and there is a gentle northeasterly wind and breeze in winter months.