A Spanish team is here in Mustang district to materialise Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s dream to generate electricity from wind. The team, which has been working for the past two weeks, claims that the electricity generated from wind will illuminate Jomsom within a month.
Spanish investor Rafel Vinas Pich, engineers Casimiro Vardaguer, Marco Foz Vardaguer and a Nepali living in Spain Pushparaj Timilsena are working in the windmill project.
Rafel and Pushparaj are the main investors who have incorporated Buddha Power Pvt. Ltd to study the prospect of producing 3,000 megawatt of electricity from wind power in Jomsom. For now, as a trial, the company is working to generate 1.5 kilowatt of electricity, the company said.
The four-member team are setting up the technology on the premises of District Police Office. “We are conducting this project at police office because of security reasons,” said Timilsena, who is also a former central advisor of NRNA. He said that the technology has been introduced in Nepal with collaboration of Alternative Energy Promotion Centre.
“The machine is installed with ultramodern fans. The electricity generated from the fans is stored in a battery and the electricity is transmitted through wire,” said Timilsena. The special feature of this system is that the fan rotates regardless of the direction of wind, Timilsena added.
Also, eight solar panels are connected to the system and the electricity generated from it will also be stored in the battery.
This the first time that an ultramodern meteorological instrument is going to be installed in Nepal. “After the completion of installation, we are preparing to hand it over to the Nepal Government,” said Timilsena. “The instrument will measure time, date, wind velocity and direction, heat, sunrays, and humidity, among others,” he said. The data generated here will be displayed on the computer installed at Alternative Energy Promotion Centre, Timilsena added.
The technology can be installed at every home, says the team. Two or three houses can install it in collaboration. Although, the installation cost is high, its expected life of 20 years will make it cheaper, according of the company’s Chairman Rafel. “All the investment in this project is ours,” said Rafel.
After its completion, the company plans to invite Prime Minister or Deputy Prime Minister for inauguration in mid-July. The company says it will subsequently initiate producing 3,000 MW electricity after the success of trial project.
Source: The Kathmandu Post