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The UK's most powerful onshore wind turbine has started delivering energy to the National Grid for the first time.
REpower’s huge 3.4M104, is now officially generating green electricity at Hainsford Energy’s Blyth Harbour Wind Farm in Northumberland.
The single turbine can produce more powerthan the original nine 300KW masts and can provide electricity for nearly 2,000 homes.
This historic first phase of the Blyth Harbour Wind Farm re-powering project was marked by a special ‘open day’ event for REpower’s clients and partners, in collaboration with Hainsford Energy and the Port of Blyth.
The REpower 3.4M104 was sold to Hainsford Energy in January 2012 for construction on land adjacent to the East Pier at Blyth Harbour as the first phase of the repowering of the Blyth Harbour Wind Farm, which was originally built in 1992.
Port of Blyth Chief Executive, Martin Lawlor, said: “This important development re-affirms Port of Blyth’s position as a leading renewable energy focussed port, with the handling capacity for the largest turbines, as a home for major developments in wind and biomass, as well as having the facilities to accommodate renewable energy related manufacturing and service companies and will only assist in attracting further significant investment to the Blyth estuary.”
At the recent HUSUM Wind Energy fair in Germany, REpower also announced the expansion of their 3 megawatt turbine series which will see a re-certification of the 3.4M104 machine for higher wind speeds.
Rick Eggleston, Managing Director of REpower UK commented: “The 3.4M104 signals the future of the onshore wind sector in the UK. Using larger capacity turbines like this means that onshore wind farms can be even more productive in relation to their size and REpower is leading the way in this respect. It is essential for the future of the industry that we generate more power from available sites. The re-certification of the turbine demonstrates REpower’s commitment to develop turbines that provide our customers with high yields in all wind conditions – the new certification will make the 3.4M104 ideally suited to windier conditions in UK sites. ”
Charles Rose, founder and owner of Hainsford Energy said: “The 3.4M104 represents the first phase of the Blyth Harbour Wind Farm repowering project – the original nine 300KW turbines were part of one of the first onshore wind farms in the UK. Subsequent phases will see 3 further 3.4M104 turbines erected along the East Pier.
“We are also delighted to be working with REpower UK again, following a long standing relationship which goes back to 2006 when REpower supplied the turbines to Hainsford's first repowering project the Caton Moor Wind Farm.”
Hainsford is one of the UK's longest established renewable energy companies, owned by Charles Rose, who has been at the forefront of developing renewable energy and pioneering the repowering of existing wind farms in the UK for many years, as well as developing wind energy internationally in Europe, Southern Africa, Australia and Latin America.
Since its launch in 2004, REpower UK has delivered 43 onshore wind farms in Scotland, England and Wales and two offshore wind farms: Project Beatrice in the North Sea and its largest offshore contract to date, Ormonde wind farm. Owned by Vattenfall, this offshore wind farm in the Irish Sea consists of the 30 REpower 5M wind turbines with a total rated output of 150 MW.