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Patagonian winds are ideal for generating sustainable energy. We tell you how they are used to build the first wind district in the world.
The planet needs renewable energy. Natural resources are gradually depleted and it becomes necessary to seek free, sustainable, and ecological energies. Germany, China, the United States and India are the four countries that dominate the market for one of them. We're talking about wind power. However, Argentina has a real wind treasure. “Sixty percent of our territory has ideal winds for wind power generation, especially in Patagonia. We have that enormous privilege, but we are not taking advantage of it as we should. The wind is there and it's free, it's just about catching it and making it ours,” says Carlos Manuelides. Carlos is a real estate entrepreneur and is building, together with Tango Winds, the first district exclusively powered by wind energy. Located 45 kilometers from El Chaltén, in Santa Cruz, it is destined to become the first wind district in the world.
The construction of a wind district in Santa Cruz is something new in the world. This is only possible due to the special characteristics of the Patagonian wind. The region has significant air currents and has three variables ideal for generating renewable energy. Direction, constancy and wind speed. It is important to note that these three variables are presented simultaneously. Hence its great potential. Another important fact is that it is possible to project the use of the wind resource only when the average wind is higher than 4 m/s. In the Patagonian region the average is 9 m/s. Thus, in Santa Cruz, houses in the wind district will be able to produce up to five times the energy they need. In conclusion, we are talking not only about a self-sustaining neighborhood but about one that produces energy.
But unfortunately the blowing of the winds does not generate energy by itself. Man's hand or revolutionary technology isneeded. Thanks to Swallow Wind this is possible. The Argentine invention, patented by Tango Winds, automatically generates wind energy efficiently. It consists of taking advantage of the great power of the wind when facing and surrounding buildings, thanks to its wind turbines.
Entrepreneurship consists of two stages. In the first one is planned to build a residential district with a tourist destination. The second provides for the development of an urbanization with permanent housing and an industrial area.
Manuelides said that the impact was immediate and there was already a lot of interest from companies. Vaca Muerta “is dealing with us to see if he can incorporate this system, because they don't have enough energy there to provide them.” But there was not only curiosity within the country, but also in other parts of the world. China and Russia are very interested in the project, as they think it could be applied to middle-class or lower-class social housing.
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Publication Date: 23/05/2020
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