Monthly Archives: October 2014

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Fine Energy in the news

Two wind turbines are Shoreham Port’s latest plan as it works towards a more sustainable future. Shoreham Port is working in partnership with Fine Energy and Norvento Wind Energy UK on the project to install two 100kW wind turbines.

Annual electricity consumption at the Port is 1.7GWh and the largest consumption of energy is at the pumphouse, where water lost through the opening and closing of the locks is replenished. This is essential to maintain the water level in the canal and keeping the infrastructure secure, but this process alone uses 28 per cent of the annual consumption.

The plan is to place the two wind turbines on the outer layby, south of Basin Road. Each turbine would have a three-bladed rotor measuring 22m in diameter, placed on a 24.5m high tubular tower, making the height 35.5m to the tip of the blades.

Fine Energy's artist impression of the proposed wind turbines on the outer layby, south of Basin Road

Significant advancements made in surveillance radar systems

Aviation radars are designed to show moving objects, such as aircrafts, and to filter out anything stationary. Whilst the turbine mast does not move, the spinning motion of the blades can sometimes appear as clutter on the radar screen and may interfere with air traffic control. Consequently, onshore wind turbines, big or small, can be refused planning permission due to objections from UK airports or the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

Significant progress is now being made as NATS and aerospace business Terma have doubled up and developed the Scanter 4002 transceiver. This system is capable of mitigating the effects of wind turbines, ie recognising they are stationary objects, and can actually detect aircrafts through onshore wind farm locations such as tracking helicopters between turbines.

As a developer of wind sites, Fine Energy is very keen to see how this system progresses and we appreciate the efforts being made to ensure civil airports and wind turbines can coexist.

Fine Energy: Coming to a Port near you!

In partnership with Norvento Wind Energy UK and Shoreham Port, Fine Energy plans to develop two medium scale wind turbines on the south side of the basin, and the energy generated by the turbines will feed power directly into the Port’s Pump House. The Norvento nED100 model has been selected for this project because it is predicted that the two turbines will generate a total of 555,000 kWh per year which is sufficient to meet the energy requirements of the Pump House.

On Wednesday 22 October 2014 Fine Energy is holding a public meeting at Southwick Community Centre to share details of the project and to answer questions. We welcome you to come along and find out a little more about this project.

If this sounds of interest to your port or business and you are from a little further afield, please feel free to email consultations@fineenergy.co.uk and we will be happy to discuss this development with you.

 

Fine Energy in Manchester 2014

Fine Energy’s very own Graham Hygate will be speaking at the RenewableUK’s annual conference and exhibition on Wednesday 12th November 2014, in a session entitled “Finance Opportunities for Small and Medium Wind”. To whet your appetite, Graham will be discussing new areas of focus in the UK’s small and medium wind market.

As the UK wind energy market matures, attention is turning to sites with marginal wind resource and our manufacturers are responding by developing turbines capable of extracting energy at lower wind speeds. This brings a sharper focus on wind resource estimation and creates demand for the capability to predict and meter onsite energy usage reliably.

Other members of the Fine Energy team will be attending the exhibition and will be happy to answer all company and project specific questions. If you already have your tickets to this event, let us know!

The Big Six…ty thousand

The Feed-In-Tariff was introduced on 1 April 2010 as the main financial incentive to encourage investment and development in renewable energy schemes. Businesses and communities could install wind turbines and sell the energy produced back to the grid. This agreement ensured the projects paid for themselves. Importantly, the tariff is reduced on an annual basis to encourage healthy competition between developers and to reduce manufacturing costs. However, the system of tariff degression is now starting to seriously  impact the number of new, onshore developments and could undermine the previous advancements made in the wind energy industry.

Coming to the rescue, industry campaign group, Action For Renewables, have designed a campaign called the Big 60,000 – direct competition for the notorious Big 6 energy companies. The project aims to ask the government to review the level of percentage drop in incentives for small-scale wind projects, like farm and domestic turbines. Arguing that the only way to protect yourself from rising energy costs is to generate energy through small-scale developments, Action For Renewables is asking supporters to sign the petition and to seriously think about where their energy is sourced from.

A move away from large-scale projects to smaller, community developments, like the Scandinavian model, is achievable but needs to be supported by the government if it stands a chance of competing with coal fired power stations.

The Big 60,000. Theyre making energy locally.