Ford install third and final wind turbine at Dagenham Diesel Centre
Groundwork for the third wind turbine began in June and construction of the tower and blades took just four days to finish. The main assembly was completed when the 82m-diameter windmill blades and hub were hoisted 80m into the air. This was carried out by one of the UK's largest cranes, which was delivered to the site by four articulated trucks and itself required a 160tn crane to be assembled.
Increased production at the DDC required the installation of a third turbine to avoid use of non-renewable forms of generated electricity.
Dale Vince, founder of Ecotricity, said: ‘Together with Ford, Ecotricity pioneered the use of wind to power the Dagenham Diesel Centre. We are really pleased to come back and build a third windmill so that the green energy supply keeps pace with the customer demand for Ford's most fuel-efficient diesel engines.’
Chris Woolacott, Ford Dagenham Diesel Centre line manager, said: ‘The Ford Dagenham Diesel Centre is once again 100 per cent wind-powered. Ford's plant building its lowest-CO2 diesel engines continues to be powered by renewable energy.’