Medium-scale wind turbine manufacturer, Norvento, has secured planning permission for the installation of two of its nED100 100kW turbines at Shoreham Port, near Brighton on the South Coast.

Last week Ivo Arnús, the firm’s Director of UK Business Development told COSPP  that securing the permission was going to be vital for the progress of the business in the UK.
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“This is something really valuable across the UK because it is clear that the grid over here is not really strong and there are considerable grid faults at the moment. The port development is very important for us as the idea would be to roll out that model to other ports and marinas in the UK.”

The use of medium-scale wind turbines to support industrial and agricultural operations is a growing trend throughout the UK on account of the flexibility and energy savings that on-site power generation brings to landowners and small-scale industrial sites. Nonetheless, the industry continues to enter new territory as it explores the full range of applications that small and medium turbines can support.

At the Shoreham Port site, which received final planning consent from Adur Council at a meeting on Monday evening, the twin nED100 turbines will feed power directly to on-site pumps, responsible for maintaining the water level in the locked basin of the port. The annual energy consumption of the Pump House sits at 475,000kWh, while the turbines are set to produce 555,000kWh on average each year, more than catering for this demand.

The pioneering project will help Shoreham Port towards its goal of energy independence and establish a model for other ports and marinas throughout the UK.