First Wind turbine on a Sahara coastline Wind-Diesel test site

North Africa's first 50 kW class wind turbine powering a Wind-Diesel-Hybrid test site by Tiniguir. Erected in 1995 under supervision of Khalid Benhamou, Managing Director of the Sahara Wind project (up-right) the system powers an agricultural farm of the ‘Domaines Agricoles’. Located near the city of Dakhla on the trade windblown Sahara coastline, the test site is built around a 50 kW AOC wind turbine coupled to diesel generators. The combination feeds variable loads through a 5000 Volts distribution grid spread over a few Kilometers. The objective of the test facility is to assess wind energy, turbine technologies, electric load controls and management, grids and their applications for local, distributed and energy-intensive uses.

High-level Report on wind energy potential of the Sahara

Cover of the High-level Report on the wind energy potential in the Sahara with local applications to support sustainable development. Authored by Khalid Benhamou, Managing Director of the Sahara Wind project, the report is submitted to King Hassan II of Morocco on February 19th, 1994.

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