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Ford Dagenham's Third Wind Turbine Turns Up More Green Power

BRENTWOOD, Essex, 15 August 2011 – Ford Dagenham's largest, most powerful wind turbine was completed as the blades were lifted into place last week. The 120m tall turbine, the third to be commissioned at Dagenham, 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 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.

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."

Ecotricity and Ford have collaborated since 2004, when they created London's first wind park at Dagenham.

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 C02 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 C02 Saved (p.a) 4947

More information can be found at www.ecotricity.co.uk