A new landmark emerged at North Lynn yesterday with the construction of a state-of-the-art 61-metre (200ft) gearless wind turbine.
Work began yesterday morning on putting the mast into place using a giant crane at PIL Membranes, part of the KL Technologies group of companies.
The turbine features a 77-metre diameter rotor and will deliver the same amount energy as that used to power 500 average family homes per year. The turbine is expected to be connected to the factory’s power grid by November.
PIL Membranes has joined German turbine manufacturer VENSYS and its partner, renewable energy project company juwi, to add the 1.5 megawatt generator to its Estuary Road premises. It follows the construction by juwi in 2012 of a solar array park at the factory, which employs 150 staff.
The addition of the turbine will help fuel production of specialised membranes, which are exported to manufacturing companies worldwide, particularly in the clothing, footwear and filtration industries.
Mark Hamilton, financial director at KL Technologies, said: “As a major exporter and employer, we need to have stability in our operating costs and everybody knows that energy prices have been extremely volatile in recent years.”