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H+H and Ecotricity plan to generate new green electricity for aircrete plant

02 March 2009

Artist's impression of H&H Pollington wind park.

Aircrete manufacturer H+H has joined forces with green energy company Ecotricity in the quest to generate clean non-polluting electricity to power the entire needs of its Yorkshire production site. The proposed 2MW wind turbine would feed power directly into the factory at Pollington, with excess power being fed into the local grid for use by local homes.

“This would offset hundreds of tonnes of carbon dioxide per year and repay our energy debt in no more than the first nine months of its 30-year expected lifespan,” said H+H UK managing director Mark Oliver, referring to the energy used for the manufacture and installation of the wind turbine itself. “It represents the equivalent of providing enough energy for nearly 1,500 homes, which is a fantastic achievement for the industry.”

Ecotricity pioneered the use of wind turbines to power industry, building the UK's first fully commercial wind turbine for Sainsbury's in 2001 and since then has been powering other household names such as Michellin, B&Q , The Prudential, Lotus Cars and The Co operative Bank.

“In these days of unarguable climate change, with the country in the grip of an energy crisis and government policy pushing for more than 20% of our electricity from renewables, projects like this are essential if we’re to keep the lights on in the future. Britain has already found its New North Sea oil, with enough untapped energy to power the whole country three or four times over! It's onshore wind energy.”

Ironically, H+H aircrete is manufactured from 80% pulverised fuel ash waste recycled from coal-fired power stations that would otherwise be destined for landfill. H+H aircrete is an insulating structural specification for walls, floors and house extensions.

You can follow the progress of the application at the H&H Pollington wind park page.

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