Plans to build a wind turbine at the London 2012 Olympic site in east London were unveiled today as the organisers said they hoped the renewable energy scheme would provide a successful template for future urban turbines.
The proposed 120 metre tall turbine will be located at Eton Manor in the north of the Olympic Park and is expected to provide enough electricity to power 1,200 homes a year over its 20 year lifespan.
Construction is expected to start in early 2008, subject to planning permission, with the turbine expected to be operational by 2010. A spokeswoman for the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) said that the body was confident approval would be granted. "We've had very positive feedback from all the effected boroughs," she said. "You can never be complacent about these things, but we feel we have a good case."
The site is also located away from residential properties and near the A12 and mainland railway lines so it is predicted the turbine will not increase background noise.
She added that the ODA was also confident that the turbines would generate the expected electricity, despite its location in an urban location unlikely to get as much wind as the rural sites typically used for wind farms. "The Ford plant in Dagenham is successfully using two turbines now and they are proving very effective," she said.
The turbine is just the first of a series of renewable energy initiatives for the Olympic site and the ODA is currently is currently inviting proposals for solar power, ground water cooling, small scale hydro/tidal power and biomass technologies that could generate long term power for east London.
The ODA spokeswoman added that it was hoped that the turbine will be an "exemplar" project that other organisations could follow. "There are lots of elements [to our renewable energy investments] that we hope will become more widely used in large scale construction projects," she said.
While it is to be expected that the turbine may face some opposition from local residents, firms with large power hungry office or manufacturing complexes located near main roads would be advised to treat this high profile project as a potentially cost-effective renewable energy pilot that they could emulate.
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