New wind turbine installed at Portugal’s Santa Maria Airport

4 December 2013 (Last Updated December 4th, 2013 18:30)

A new 5kW wind turbine has been installed at Santa Maria Airport in Portugal, as part of the airport’s off-grid renewable energy system.

A new 5kW wind turbine has been installed at Azores Santa Maria Airport in Portugal, as part of the airport's off-grid renewable energy system.

The new turbine was provided by WindUp, UK-based Evance Wind Turbines' Portugese stockist.

The energy produced by the system will be used to power the instrument landing system (glide slope) at the airport.

"We are seeing an increase in the level of interest in renewable energy in Portugal."

The airport's off-grid renewable energy system features an Evance 5kW wind turbine and a 6kW solar and control room, which houses the electrical elements along with a large battery bank for energy storage.

WindUp CEO Luis Marinho said: "We were delighted that the Evance turbine was selected for this important airport service.

"We are seeing an increase in the level of interest in renewable energy in Portugal. Across the country many businesses have assets in remote locations, and so they see the potential commercial and environmental benefits for off-grid renewable energy systems."

An instrument landing system (ILS) is a radio beam transmitter that provides a direction for approaching aircraft that tune their receiver to the ILS frequency.

The installation of the turbine was carried out by SEGMA, an engineering and maintenance services provider, and commissioned by NAV Portugal, the national air navigation services provider.