Medium-scale turbine manufacturer, Norvento, has begun construction on a 200-kW twin turbine site at Shoreham Port on the UK’s South Coast. Once installed, two nED100 100-kW turbines will cover the energy needs of the onsite Pump House, providing the environmentally conscious EcoPort with a means of further reducing its carbon footprint, alongside extensive financial savings and operational benefits.
As medium-scale wind power begins to achieve grid parity, industrial and agricultural institutions are increasingly relying on the technology to support energy-intensive operations. Onsite renewables systems provide a reliable energy source for these operations and unlock multiple alternative revenue streams for institutions looking to diversify income or balance out energy expenditure.
At Shoreham Port, Norvento’s turbines will feed electricity into the Pump House, directly supporting the energy-intensive process of maintaining water levels in the basins of the port, despite changes in the tide. The Pump House requires 475,000 kWh of energy per year on average and the turbines will more than cover this demand, producing an average of 555,000 kWh per year.
Offering a constant onsite energy supply, the versatile nED100 machines will ensure increased flexibility for these operations by compensating for voltage fluctuations caused during start-up of the pumps.
The site has been funded by means of a long-term lease agreement, which will see Norvento lease the two harbor-front sites and sell Shoreham Port the energy produced by the turbines at a rate substantially lower than typical retail electricity prices. Over the 20-year timeline of the deal, Shoreham Port is set to save tens of thousands of pounds in energy costs. Combined with existing rooftop solar panels, the turbines will also help to wean the port away from fossil fuels and support its Eco-port status.
“Medium-scale wind turbines have demonstrated a wide variety of applications for industrial and agricultural institutions, and are increasingly becoming a cheaper and more flexible energy source than the traditional options,” said Ivo Arnús, Director of UK Business Development, Norvento. “As such, institutions like Shoreham Port are employing them to cover energy-intensive operations, which would otherwise result in very high energy expenditure. The nED100 turbine has proved itself particularly well-suited for urban installations, which require a model with minimal visual and noise impacts.”
Norvento’s nED100 turbines were particularly well-suited to the needs of the port because of their IEC 61400-1 design standard for safety and reliability, as well as their unique low-noise mode, which enables them to operate in the vicinity of homes and local businesses. These factors were instrumental in security planning permission for the project in March 2015.
“As an Eco-port we are keen to reduce our dependency on fossil fuels and generate green energy that we can use on site,” said Peter Davies, Development Director at Shoreham Port. “We are confident that we have chosen the right turbines and that they will be an asset to the Port without impacting on the local area. Wind turbines aren’t suitable in every location, but the industrial setting of the port together with its long association with electricity generation must be one of the most appropriate places along the South Coast.”
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