A Boeing C-17 from the US Air Force dropped Wim Robbertsen last week on Ascension Island to prepare the dismantling of six non-operational NEG Micon turbines on behalf of the US Government. Ascension Island is currently largely dependent on diesel generation. After the decommissioning, a new EWT wind turbine and a Battery System will be installed to reduce the annual fuel consumption by 15% to 20%.
Ascension Island is an isolated volcanic island in the South Atlantic Ocean and is part of the United Kingdom. It is about 1,000 miles (1,600 km) from the coast of Africa and 1,400 miles (2,300 km) from the coast of Brazil. The island covers an area of 88km2.
Later this year, the dismantling of the six wind turbines will take place. Tight planning is necessary as there is only a flight to and from the island every two weeks.