A range of polycarbonate is now being manufactured using 20% renewable energy generate by a wind turbine located on site.
Representing an investment of over 2.3 million euros and standing at a fully extended height of almost 100 metres, the wind turbine is the largest of its kind on an industrial site in Northern Ireland.
As the manufacture of polycarbonate is energy intensive and demands for 'greener' product solutions increase, this wind turbine is a significant step towards reducing the carbon footprint of the industry through sustainable production. The environmental benefits are significant as the wind turbine is expected to reduce carbon emissions at the production site by 4000 tonnes per year. Moreover, customers and end-users will benefit from a range of polycarbonate products manufactured using sustainable energy.
Work originally began on the project in 2006 with an initial feasibility study supported by the Carbon Trust. Following wind speed testing at the site and comprehensive research with wind turbine manufacturers, the planning application process was started in 2008 with assistance from planning consultants Turley Associates. The wind turbine was provided by German based energy organisation Enercon. The turbine was delivered and installed over a 3 week period in May 2011.