The availability of excellent wind energy resources along the Gulf of Suez has made investigation and development of the potentially favorable large scale exploitation of this resource for environmentally friendly electricity production in the country a national priority in Egypt. In view of the large investments in wind farms needed for such a development in the Gulf of Suez region as well as the intention to develop local manufacturing capacities for wind turbines in Egypt, it was decided to establish a national Wind Energy Technology Center (WETC) at Hurghada. The construction and establishing of initial facilities of the WETC was made part of the Egyptian-Danish collaboration program on renewable energy, jointly financed by the two governments. The works were basically completed during 1995, and Hurghada WETC has started operation as a technology center in 1996. This paper discusses the potential value - both in money terms and environmentally - of Hurghada WETC in a national and an international perspective, it presents the wind turbine test facilities available and some initial results as well as the program for the immediate activities, and it outlines some possibilities for future development of Hurghada WETC.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of Environment '97|
|Number of pages||9|
|Publisher||Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency|
|Publication status||Published - 1997|
|Event||Environment '97 - Cairo, Egypt|
Duration: 16 Feb 1997 → 18 Feb 1997
|Period||16/02/1997 → 18/02/1997|