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Establishing a Better Publisher–Reader Relationship

Since November 2004 Windtech International has successfully published four issues. From the start we have been overwhelmed with the warm and positive response to our initiative. However, our editorial team is always trying to enhance the level of service to our readers. At present, we are carrying out a reader survey in order to establish a better publisher–reader relationship, which will help us raise the quality and value of the magazine even further. If you did not receive our email and you are interested in participating in our survey please go to www.windtech-international.com/content/view/133. We very much appreciate your help in filling out our questionnaire and thank you in advance.
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{access view=!registered}Only logged in users can view the full text of the article.{/access}{access view=registered}By the time you read this the conference Windpower 2005 held in Denver will be over. This was clearly a most important event for the North American market. Based on information from the American Wind Energy Association 2005 could be a record year for new installed capacity. The AWEA expects that over 2,000MW will be installed during 2005. At the event around 200 companies presented their products and services to a large audience. Each day, sessions were organised into four themes: policy, business, technical and utility. In our July/August issue we will publish a more comprehensive review of the event.

Often the focus regarding wind power is on the more developed areas like Europe and North America. Windtech International feels that other regions active in this field deserve attention. In this issue we have an interview about the state of wind power in South America, and in Argentina in particular. Another article that fits in this category (see page 38) describes a feasibility study for the development of a wind–diesel system in the remote town Gao in northern Mali. In future issues of Windtech International we intend to continue to cover as broad a geographical area as possible. Feel free to contact us if you have interesting stories to tell for an international audience.

Also, articles on environmental issues are welcomed by our readership, even though most of the articles we publish do have a technological focus. On page 34 we have an article about bird detection around wind farm sites from a technical point of view. At the proposed Largie Wind Farm site at Kintyre, northwest Scotland, they use radar to monitor white-fronted goose movements. This proves that state of the art assessment methods developed for other industries can be helpful for our industry as well.

Enjoy reading the magazine.

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