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Ford's Dagenham facility to get third wind turbine

Construction of Ford Dagenham's largest, most powerful wind turbine has been completed after the blades of the turbine were lifted into place last week. The turbine, which is 120m tall, is the third to be commissioned at Dagenham and is now contributing clean electricity to power engine production in the Ford Dagenham Diesel Centre (DDC).

Groundwork for the third wind turbine began in June of this year and construction of the tower and blades took just four days to finish. The main assembly was completed when the 82m-diameter windmill blades and hub were hoisted 80m into the air. This was carried out by one of the UK's largest cranes, which was delivered to the site by four articulated trucks and itself required a 160-tonne crane to be assembled.

Increased production at the DDC required the installation of a third turbine to avoid use of non-renewable forms of generated electricity. Chris Woolacott, Ford DCC line manager, said: "The Ford Dagenham Diesel Centre is once again 100% wind-powered. Ford's plant – building the company’s lowest-CO2 diesel engines – continues to be powered by renewable energy."

Total engine production at Ford Dagenham exceeds 38 million units.
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


18 August 2011


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