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Dagenham, London

The wind powered car factory

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In April 2004 we completed construction of London's first wind park at Ford Motor Company's Dagenham site.

The two 85m high wind turbines, with a combined capacity of 3.6MW, will generate over 6.7million kWh of clean electricity every year, providing all the electricity needed to power Ford's Dagenham Diesel Centre. This is equivalent to enough electricity to power over 2,000 homes (nearly 7 million units per annum). This will mean that all Ford's diesel engines assembled at the plant will have been manufactured using wind power.

Located only 16km (10 miles) from the City of London, the development will create a major new Thames-side landmark for the capital and will make a key contribution to the renewable energy targets outlined in the Capital's draft energy strategy - preventing the emission of up to 6,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year.

Green power from Ecotricity is saving Ford money and there are huge environmental benefits too. Thousands of tonnes of power station emissions are saved by switching out electricity source for the Dagenham Diesel Centre to wind power.

Roger Putnam, Chairman, Ford UK

In August 2003 the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, gave his approval for this project, endorsing planning approval granted by Havering and Barking & Dagenham Councils' Planning Committees.

Mr Livingstone said: "This scheme will make an important contribution towards making London a more sustainable world city and will help us to achieve some of the key targets in my Energy Strategy. I hope it will encourage other large organisations to consider developing similar schemes on their premises."

Building on the success of this partnership, a planning application has been submitted to build a third turbine at Ford's car factory, which will help Ford to continue building every single one of their diesel engines from 100% onsite wind energy.

Vital statistics

Site address - Ford Dagenham Estate,London

Since - 10 May 2004

Turbines - 2

Rotor diameter - 70m

Capacity - 3.6MW

Green electricity per year -
6.7 million units

Equivalent homes - 2,030

CO2 savings - 5,762 tonnes


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