Environmentally Friendly Wind Generator
Available for Rural Africa
Apr 16, 2008 - Voice of America News
An environmentally friendly source of energy is now
available in Africa. A wind generator is on display
in Cape Town, South Africa and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
It was created by the California-based group "Pac-Wind,"
which was founded to meet the need for generator systems
that are practical, quiet and reliable and can operate
in low wind.
The generator was designed specifically for use in
Africa. It can supply electricity directly or can
be an extra source of power for schools, hospitals,
clinics, farms and communities that are located far
from regular electrical systems.
Amare Teferi is the president and CEO of "Africa
Pac-Wind." From Los Angeles, he told Voice of America
English to Africa Service reporter Cole Mallard that
Africa is the primary market because of "the rise
of fuel prices, inaccessibility of the grid systems
in Africa, and it would be most useful in rural areas
for backup." He says there's great potential in Africa
because out of the 885 million people, not many have
access to electricity. Teferi says the generator is
not noisy, has no vibration, "doesn't upset neighbors,"
does not interfere with wildlife, and is of no danger
to birds in flight. He says electricity can be stored,
"In many places in Africa you can't get e-mail any
time of the day, you have to wait...until there is
power. In some places there is no light for kids to
read books or go to school.... Community activities
are limited from sunset to sunrise, so this wind generator,
which is quite efficient, can solve those problems,"
The technology specialist says there are two models:
The portable Delta 1 produces 2 kilowatts of power
and is used for individual homes, and the Delta 2
produces 10 kilowatts and is for community use.
Teferi says the generators are not yet being mass
produced, so the cost "right now is on the high side."
The smaller generator is about $4,000 and the larger
is approximately $19,000. But he says the prices will
decrease, "like any other product in the world, when
we produce it in mass."
The Africa Pac-Wind representative says the generators
are in production and about 100 have been sold, with
orders from many places "and we're trying to insure
that we can cut some costs."
Teferi says the plan is to market the generator throughout
the continent. For more information the website address