Renewable energy consultancy SgurrEnergy has completed the installation of two meteorological masts in Malawi as part of a program to accelerate wind energy technologies in the southeastern African country.
SgurrEnergy says its team installed and commissioned two 70-meter masts, including instrumentation, data logging, communication and power systems, using local plant and haulage companies in Malawi. A satellite communication system feeds the data back to SgurrEnergy's team in Glasgow, Scotland, where detailed analysis will reveal the wind conditions on-site over the next 12 months.
The service provider notes that the overall scope of the project is extensive and includes wind resource mapping, site selection, met mast supply and installation, as well as data download and analysis. Additional stages of the project include detailed feasibility studies, capacity building and energy yield assessments.
The program, funded by the Scottish government's International Development Fund and led by Scotland's University of Strathclyde, represents a strengthening of ties between the two countries.