The factory and assembly plant, said Torres, could in theory be up and running within two years.
The difference between Pascual's design of air-powered generators and the ones that are already in existence in other parts of Spain and the rest of Europe, is that they are specifically for island locations.
Pascual, apart from being the architect of the Inca-based project is also President of the Friends of Windmills Associations. He explained that the height of the generators he has designed is around 45 metres and that the diameter of the turbine blades will not exceed 50 metres. Their mainland and continental counterparts, however, soar to heights of around 90 metres with a blade diameter of about 100. Thus the visual impact of the island generators will be much less, Pascual claimed.
Another feature making the Majorcan design radically different from its giant cousins is that the island genertaors have the facility of being able to capture island breezes ... winds which are usually gentler than those sweeping across the vast plains of the interior. Pascual's invention will generate energy when it harnesses wind speed of six metres per second.
The aesthetic design of this latest generation of windmills is particularly simple. It is based on sets of modules which can be manufactured and transported separately, and then assembled at a given location. Project leaders said they had already received orders from Greece, China, Canada and Latvia.
Pascual said that each wind-powered generator can produce up to 1'200'000 kilowatts per hour meaning three or four of them would be enough to supply a town the size of Inca. Manufacture will start on two prototypes at the end of the year. Hard core production will begin in 2013. The nucleus of the windmills will be produced in Inca, the turbine blades in Catalonia and the metal towers in the Basque Country.
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