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Ford Looks to Wind Power

August 19, 2011

By Ben Rooney

Side stepping the contentious global warming debate, Ford does deserve credit for embracing the green agenda wholeheartedly with the news that it has increased its wind generated capacity at the carmaker’s plant in Dagenham, east of London.

Daily Tech reports on the opening of a third turbine at the plant, which will improve Ford’s CO2 savings from 2,500 tons to 5,000 tons per year.

The turbines at the diesel assembly line will allow the plant to be fully powered by wind by this month. The new turbine is the third on the premises. The plant needed the third turbine after adding a Duratorq TDCi engine line. The two existing turbines generate 5.92 million kWh of electricity each year. That is enough power for 1,794 homes. The third turbine makes for a total annual generation of 11.4 million kWh. The installation began in May of 2011 with the laying of groundwork and the new turbine was installed and is now operational.

Several other leading enterprises have announced cleantech initiatives. Recently Google announced a a €3.5 million (around US $5M) investment in a solar photovoltaic power plant in Germany. It has also invested $40 million in a U.S. based wind farm.

Ford’s UK’s Diesel Assembly Plant Now Completely Wind Powered

Read more at the Wall Street Journal

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