HYE wind turbine was passed on Spainish national TV
HY-3000 wind turbine is installed at coffee bean farm in Costra Rica, it is the very first wind grid-tie system in Costa Rica. Following are Translation from Spanish of the local news. Agricultural production and renewable energy are combined in a pioneering project of the University of Costa Rica and the coffee sector. With this initiative, the coffee cooperative Coopetarrazú and the Union of Coffee Growers of San Isidro de Leon Cortes, generate electricity for their own consumption. The technology was implemented, includes 60 solar panels to generate electricity in this cooperative. The photovoltaic system is 15 kilowatts, equivalent, per month, the electricity consumption of 50 houses in the area. The golden grain harvest coincides with the dry season, when hydropower production low and you should go to fossil fuels, which means carbon dioxide pollution. Therefore, coffee de León Cortés inroads with a tower to produce electricity from wind. The electricity distribution may perceive these initiatives as a threat, but gave Coopesantos step is a participant in this process. The initiative also includes a prototype UCR to dry coffee with hot air from solar energy. These tools will be evaluated until 2014 to transfer to other sectors. The initiative seeks to reduce pollution and global warming on agricultural activity, without affecting its profitability. The use of these technologies involves legal issues. The project will propose amendments to certain instruments to overcome such barriers.