Please select Recommendations and/or countries from the drop-down list on the right side.

Back

Restoration of Lasithi Plateau’s Windmills with Perforated Sails

© Hatzakis Georgios no 1007708

© Hatzakis Georgios no 1007708

Location of the initiative:

 GREECE


Relation to Strategy 21 Recommendations:

D5 - Encourage the reuse of heritage and use of traditional knowledge and practice


Brief description of the initiative:

Lasithi Plateau is a large endorheic (inwardly-draining, not by river to the sea) plateau in eastern Crete. It has a long history, including the myth that it is the birthplace of Zeus, but its fame in the past century has been attributable to the huge forest of windmills, some 10,000 of them, erected (1910-1950) to assist with the irrigation of the shallow soil. Most of these mills have ceased to operate in recent decades, through inefficiency and lack of maintenance.

However, recent research by Mr. Georgios Hatzakis, a mechanical engineer, may reverse this decline


Objectives of the initiative:

He has experimented successfully on some 20 mills by perforating the sails with minute holes, which means they can function successfully in low level winds. In strong winds the holes have the advantage to grow, reducing in this way the wind the advantage to grow, reducing in this way the wind strength, to ensure the safe operation of the mill. The size of the holes can be varied according to the nature of the irrigation each particular mill is required to carry out. It is hoped the technique may in due course be applied to all the windmills, right across the plateau.


Brief assessment of the initiative’s results:

It is an ingenious idea for improving the efficiency of a remarkable collection of windmills – and possibly also restoring many redundant mills to new life and productivity. The careful methodology of the improvements means that the holes in the sails are virtually invisible to the naked eye below. It is clear that the renewed use of these windmills, spinning round across the landscape, would not only improve local agriculture and aesthetic, but also provide an ecologically sound technique for mill restoration and re-use elsewhere in Europe.


Online resources:


Contact:

Mr. Georgios Hatzakis
giorgosxatzakis@yahoo.gr


Filter by Filter by
Components
1. THE ”SOCIAL COMPONENT” (S)
S1
S10
S2
S3
S4
S5
S6
S7
S8
S9
2. THE “TERRITORIAL AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT” COMPONENT (D)
D1
D10
D11
D2
D3
D4
D5
D6
D7
D8
D9
3. THE “KNOWLEDGE AND EDUCATION COMPONENT” (K)
K1
K10
K11
K2
K3
K4
K5
K6
K7
K8
K9
Countries and International Organisations
Albania
Andorra
Armenia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Belarus
Belgium
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgaria
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Europe
Finland
France
Georgia
Germany
Greece
Holy See
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Italy
Kazakhstan
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malta
Monaco
Montenegro
Netherlands
North Macedonia
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Republic of Moldova
Romania
Russian Federation
San Marino
Serbia
Slovak Republic
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Turkey
Ukraine
Unesco
United Kingdom
Reset Filter
Resources resources

The golden collection of good practices