10 July 2007

Ashenden Wind Turbine Trial

Following a successful planning application by Brian Dunlop Associates, Southwark have taken the first step towards a low carbon future with the installation of the first of two 6kW wind turbines at Ashenden on the Heygate Estate.

The 6kW Proven horizontal axis machine, the first of its scale to be mounted on a residential block in central London, will be monitored over the course of a year by a team of engineers and scientists from South Bank University and Gas Dynamics Ltd to determine the urban performance characteristics of building mounted wind turbines.

A second vertical axis turbine, the QR5, will be installed later this year.

BDA Director Brian Dunlop says..

"the Council are leading by example. The intention is to document every aspect of this project from procurement and installation through to energy performance of the turbines. All of the data collected during the trial will be made available to planners and developers including the views and experiences of local residents. This knowledge base will be used to inform decisions about the deployment of wind energy technology across the wider Elephant and Castle redevelopment area."

Installers Photon Energy and KCCC Ltd erected the turbine ahead of schedule on 6th June, an event which was attended by Professor Tony Day of London South Bank University and Executive Member for Regeneration Cllr Richard Thomas.