Wind turbine manufacturer, REpower has installed a 2 MW MM92 wind turbine for business use, a first for the company.

Installed at Croda Europe in Hull, which manufactures fatty acid amides used as slip additives in the plastics industry from materials such as rapeseed oil, energy from the machine is fed directly into the company’s electricity supply.

The turbine powers the needs of approximately 200 staff and results in an anticipated 40% saving in costs.
The turbine produces approximately 17 MWh of energy a day against an average business use of 30 MWh per day, any excess capacity is exported to the grid.

Henning von Barsewisch, managing director of REpower UK, commented: ‘Finding new ways to cut costs while also caring for the environment is a key factor in decision making for today’s businesses. It’s very encouraging to see companies take the step forward to become self sufficient in terms of energy generation. It can cut costs and of course help the environment by removing Carbon Dioxide from the process, the main greenhouse gas.

Mark Robinson, operations director at Croda, commented: ‘Wind turbines provide the most feasible option for establishing an effective renewable energy source on our site and will also reduce energy costs, helping the company maintain its competitive market position in the face of significant UK energy price increases and ensuring the long term success of the site.’