The Marlon polycarbonate range is now manufactured using 20% renewable energy, generated by Brett Martin’s own wind turbine.
Brett Martin, leading manufacturers of an extensive range of polycarbonate sheeting products, has completed the installation of its first wind turbine at the company’s headquarters in Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland. Representing an investment of over £2million 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 a responsible and forward-thinking innovative company, Brett Martin is strongly committed to reducing its carbon footprint through more sustainable production. The wind turbine is a significant step is achieving this goal. Now fully functional the environmental benefits are significant as the wind turbine is expected to reduce carbon emissions at the Mallusk site by 4,000 tonnes per year.
The manufacture of polycarbonate is energy intensive and being able to supply a large proportion of the power required through sustainable production plays an important part in Brett Martin’s long-term environmental strategy. As demands increase for ‘greener’ product solutions, customers and end users of Marlon polycarbonate 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 company began the planning application process in 2008 with assistance from planning consultants Turley Associates. Once planning approval was granted in 2010 the order to supply the wind turbine was placed with German based energy organisation Enercon. Work began to lay foundations in September 2010 and the turbine was delivered and installed over a three week period in May 2011.
The Enercon E-70 wind turbine has a blade span of 71 metres and when the blade is fully extended the structure measures 99.5 metres from the ground to the blade tip. With an output of 2.3mwatt the wind turbine will contribute 20% of Brett Martin’s energy needs.