The turbines on the Dagenham grounds convert wind into electricity to power production at the Dagenham Diesel Center. Increased demand for Ford's diesel-sipping engines required the installation of a third turbine so the facility can remain 100 percent wind powered.
Currently, two turbines generate 5.92 million kWh of electricity per year. That's enough juice to power 1,794 homes. With the addition of the third turbine, annual electricity generation will hit 11.4 million kWh. The laying of the foundation for the third turbine began back in May and its blades will begin spinning in less than two week's time.
Dale Vince, founder of Ecotricity and the man behind that whole wind-powered Nemesis thing, says:
It's great to see a company like Ford taking the lead in this way, powering their modern diesel engine center with green energy from our windmills. When big businesses like Ford use wind energy like this, it lends real credibility to the cause.
The Dagenham Diesel Center assembles some of Ford's most fuel-efficient engines and the additional turbine means that the power needed to produce those engines comes from one of the greenest sources of energy around. Seems like a sensible idea.Permalink | Email this | Comments"