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Wind turbines set to break records in Antarctica

Released on = January 27, 2007, 8:26 am

Press Release Author = Proven Energy Ltd

Industry = Environment

Press Release Summary = A British company is helping provide the power for the first
zero emissions research station in the Antarctic. Proven Energy, the world's leading
small wind turbine maker, is supplying eight of its 6kW turbines for Belgium's
Princess Elisabeth Antarctic research station.

Press Release Body = Building the station will take place during the International
Polar Federation's International Polar Year (2007-08) and will enable up to 20
scientists from Belgium and other nations to carry out research on climate change.

Using wind turbines marks a major change in Antarctic stations, which have
previously relied on diesel generators causing pollution in the ecologically fragile
area. Diesel sets were deployed because wind turbines were thought not to be sturdy
enough for the harsh environment. Proven's turbines though have already broken a
number of world records when it comes to durability and are well suited to the
conditions they will have to work in at the South Pole.

Previous installations have seen Proven break world records in working during ice
storms in Slovenia, sand storms in Saudi Arabia and typhoons and hurricanes in
Japan. They have also produced electricity in the highest wind speeds - 150mph in
the Shetland Islands - a useful pedigree given Antarctica's average 53mph wind
speeds in winter with gusts up to 200mph.

"We are confident of success as our Proven 6s are the most thoroughly tested wind
turbines in the world," said Gordon Proven, chairman of Proven Energy. "These
turbines are already operating in the most hostile climates around the world,
shattering all records. With the installations in Antarctica, we expect to set yet
more records."

The eight wind turbines have already left Proven's factory. One will be installed
on a mountain ridge at the base site near the South Pole in January, when the system
will be tested. The other seven will be installed later in the year after the end of
Antarctica's winter.

Once installed, they will have to endure some of the most severe climate conditions
on Earth, including temperatures down to -60˚C while still providing 230V
electricity for the station's heating, computers, lights and scientific instruments.
The electricity generated is expected to be the highest output of any wind power
system in the world.
Note to the editor: Proven Energy Ltd is a 26 year old Scottish company based in
Stewarton, Ayrshire and the world's leading small wind turbine manufacturer. The
Company is one of the fastest growing manufacturing companies in the UK and produces
four wind turbine models: Proven 0.6, Proven 2.5, Proven 6 & Proven 15. The model
number indicates the kilo-Watt (kW) capacity. The company has installed over 1000
turbines worldwide and employs over 40 people and is increasing its production
capacity. Operating a Proven turbine is one way of contributing to the reversal of
catastrophic climate change.

Proven Web site: www.ProvenEnergy.com

International Polar Foundation Web site:
http://www.polarfoundation.org/index.php?projects/first_zero_emissions_antarctic_station&s


Web Site = http://www.ProvenEnergy.com

Contact Details = Shelagh.mccreadie@provenpress.com

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