Thanks to a grant by the Center for Industrial Development (CDTI) to the Cantabrian company Sonkyo Energy and Setelsa firm specializing in electronics, they have developed a prototype wind turbine.

The initiative, valued at one million euros, aims to create a wind turbine with a capacity of 15 kilowatts that incorporates the patented variable pitch. One mechanism that has been developing Sonkyo Energy and successfully with small wind turbines WINDSPOT.

Unlike previous models, this technology is adapted to wind speed based on their strength and intensity. Thus this system can be moved to higher powers, for what is necessary to act in different technological areas, such as aerodynamics, mechanics, electronics or control.

Hence the design complexity and the need for the intervention of several agents: the Industrial Energy department for Sonkyo Energy, Setelsa, INTA (National Institute of Aerospace Technology) and Innova CT. The latter will deal with the electronics area, INTA with the business dynamics and the Cantabrian Setelsa with control process for the prototype.

Sonkyo Energy is a company based in Cantabria and has wind energy distributors in 14 countries worldwide, with offices set in countries such as Taiwan, China, India and United States. In total, the business group employs about a hundred of employees, 60 of them in the autonomous region.

Its career began in 2009 with the introduction of small wind turbine WINDSPOT specializes in the fair Windpower of Chicago, USA. Since then technology has reached agreements with companies and institutions like the University of Arkansas, SEPEN France, CIEMAT (Centre for Energy, Environment and Technology, Ministry of Science and Innovation) and the University of Masdar in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, among others.

Setelsa (Electronic Systems and Communications, Inc.) is a leading electronic engineering in Spain with extensive experience in project development information technology and communication in areas such as banking and transport, among others.

The CDTI support this project will incorporate a dozen qualified external work on the design of the prototype with the intention to start operating in 2012 and, finally, to enter the market.

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