Ford Dagenham's Third Wind Turbine Installation Completes

Ford Dagenham's Wind Turbine
Ford Dagenham's Wind Turbine

The third wind turbine has been completed at Ford Dagenham as the blades were fitted into place. The turbine, at 120m tall is the largest and is the most powerful to be installed at Dagenham and is now providing clean electricity to power production of engines in the Ford Dagenham Diesel Centre.

The initial groundwork for the third windmill started in June 2011, whilst construction of the tower and blades took four days to complete. The main assembly including the 82m diameter windmill blades and hub were hoisted some 80 metres in to the air by one of the UK's largest cranes, delivered to the site by four articulated trucks, needing to be assembled itself by a 160 tonne crane.

Ford's Dagenham Diesel Centre has seen increased production, now exceeding 38 million units, which required the third turbine to be installed in order to avoid using non-renewable forms of generated electricity.

Dale Vince, founder of Ecotricity, said: "Together with Ford, Ecotricity pioneered the use of wind to power the Dagenham Diesel Centre. We are really pleased to come back and build a third windmill so that the green energy supply keeps pace with the customer demand for Ford's most fuel-efficient diesel engines."

Chris Woolacott, Ford Dagenham Diesel Centre line manager, said: "The Ford Dagenham Diesel Centre is once again 100 per cent wind-powered. Ford's plant building its lowest-CO2 diesel engines continues to be powered by renewable energy."

Ford Dagenham Third Wind Turbine Data
Rotor diameter 82m
Hub height 79m
Capacity 2.3MW
Green electricity per year 5.58 million units
Homes powered (equiv) 1692
Tonnes of CO2 saved (p.a) 2401
Maximum height of 120m equivalent to a 36-storey building
Combined Wind Turbine Data
Green electricity per year 11.4 million units
Homes powered (equiv) 3400
Tonnes of CO2 saved (p.a) 4947

Published : 15/08/11 Author : Staff

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