SEPS News: Installation of a weather station in a rural area of Mendoza, Argentina

In May 2013, the National University of Cuyo (UNCuyo) gave formal start to the operation phase of the project „Small wind power generation system to provide clean electric energy in isolated area in Malargue, Mendoza – Argentina”.

During one weekend, a wind measurement tower was mounted. With the help of this tower and by using data from two anemometers (installed in altitudes of 10 and 30 meters, respectively), specialists will be able to establish a wind profile to determine the best location for the upcoming wind generator. The measurement phase is planned to last for six months.
This SEPS project aims to supply energy for the Hosting School Yapeyíº, so that the school can get most of the electricity needed from wind power. A complementary power unit generator using oil for electricity production is only needed for a time slot of five hours daily. Simultaneously, the reception of this technology by the local community is surveyed.

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Students, collaborators, teaching staff and the school director were all very welcoming towards the project team. Particularly the students, who already had some background in the field of wind energy, tried to gain deeper knowledge of the subject.

Built in 1964, the Hosting School is the only education alternative for families in this area of Argentina. It is attended by 20 children, from Kindergarten to the last grade of elementary school.

Find out more about this project: Harnessing wind power to provide clean electricity in an isolated area of Mendoza, Argentina (SEPS 8)

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