September 2007

Having attended the V3 Wind Turbine Workshops a couple of weekends ago [links below], I thought I’d check out some other examples of wind turbines uses, in and around the Nottingham area.These links to pictures show the main examples I’ve found.

* Domestic setups on houses
* intermediate-sized ones, Rushcliffe Country Park
* ‘Test-bed’ examples: University of Nottingham – School of the Built Environment
* Eco-house at University of Nottingham
* Small scale ‘free-light’ types on barges on the canal.

Now, together with solar panels, it’s a start innit! but no planets are going get saved just yet, from this level of activity.

My first observation is that in a city the size of Nottingham, I only found 2 on houses! That’s right TWO! I’ve looked into this quite a lot this last couple of weeks, with much walking, interweb surfing and phone calls, and that’s all I could find. They both feed the grid, and none, including the large pair at Rushcliffe, store the electic generated.

The University has a few examples, but only running as test-beds at School of the Built Environment. None that I could find, doing productive work on the campus.

So, I guess the issues are that same as they have been for years. They are not thought to be economically viable with high start-up costs, with an insufficient percentage return.

There are then considerable planning hoops to jump through, and often with local area objections.

Frequently these are from the neighbours who are concerned about the potential noise. I spoke to the neighbours at both the houses I visited, and they agreed that noise wasn’t a problem for them.

Another frequently heard objection is that they interfere with and are a risk to migrating birds. Speaking to worker at the Rushciffe Country Park, where they have Two 5 kW turbines that been in operation for nearly 3 years, he pointed out that: “I think we may have stunned a pigeon last year!”

Then of course, they interfere with air transport and operations. This doesn’t seem to hold water now does it with – East Midlands Airport Airport Plans For Wind Turbines

I am still looking about for other examples of ‘good-practice’ around Nottingham, so any leads most gratefully received.

Spring into Action events, held earlier here in Nottingham.
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So get involved, come and help organise the change that you want to experience in our world.

See also:

Climate Camp

Yet more info from:

Centre for Alternative Technology

British Wind Energy Association

Wind Turbine Workshop [1] [2]

Wind Turbines: Practical uses in Nottingham Area [1] [2] [3]

DIY V3 Wind Turbine Workshop [Feature]

Spring into Action :: Build your own wind turbine workshop

Sounds on the Downs – Wind Turbine Set-up

Hill Holt Wood Lincolnshire [1] [2]

Just made these shows, to a couple of catchy tunes, just for the giggle really.Hope you like

V3 Wind Turbines + others

Green’s Windmill, Sneinton