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Zephyr small wind turbines announces new partner in Southern Africa

Zephyr Corporation announced that it has signed a partnership agreement with Lapp Group Southern Africa, a telecom systems integrator headquartered in South Africa.
Lapp Group Southern Africa will sell and install Zephyr Corporation’s small wind turbines to operators throughout Southern Africa including Namibia, Lesotho, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

Operators across Africa are now looking to use wind to replace or supplement both solar and diesel-powered generators.

With a diameter of just 1.8 metres and weighing only 17.5 kg thanks to ultralight blades made from carbon fibre, Zephyr Corporation’s turbines are able to generate power at the lowest wind speed of any turbine on the market today – from just 2.5 m/s (5.6 mph). They can be used at both off-grid and on-grid sites; either for new base station deployments; or for retrofitting of existing base stations.

Existing customers include some of the largest operators in the world.

Mats Vilander, Zephyr Corporation’s GM for EMEA and head of telecoms operations, says: “Diesel is no way to power a network. With our wind turbines operators have a reliable energy source with a long life expectancy that is easy to deploy. We estimate an ROI of around 2-4 years with our equipment”.

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News date: 10/11/2010

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