Micro Wind Power Turbines for UK Office Building
The BBC reports that an miniature urban wind farm is being built on top of a 13-storey building in Manchester city centre using micro wind turbines.
The 24 turbines, which will stand 3m tall, will be erected on top of the CIS building on Portland Street.
The turbines will produce 56,000 units of renewable energy each year, enough electricity to service about 5% of the energy needs of the building.
Co-operative Financial Services (CFS) are currently covering another of their bases, the CIS Tower, in solar energy panels.
The CIS Tower is one of the tallest buildings outside London in the UK and is being clad with three solar panels.
Once completed, it will be among the largest vertical displays of working solar panels in Europe.
CFS said its plans for an urban wind farm will make its Portland Street building the largest-ever commercial application of micro-wind turbines in the UK.
The company said it is now looking into placing the wind power micro-turbines on more of its 200 sites.
Gary Thomas, head of property and facilities at CFS, said taking a greener approach to business also had financial benefits.
"Embedding renewable energy in buildings reduces the need to buy electricity and I anticipate a payback on the initial investment within around three years," he said.
Ken Lewis, resources director added: "Forty per cent of Europe's energy use is associated with buildings and this project, along with the Solar Tower development, demonstrates that these piles of steel and concrete have tremendous potential for future energy generation."
Councillor Neil Swannick, Manchester City Council executive member for planning and the environment, has applauded the move saying CFS have made a practical contribution to energy conservation.
"The Manchester Energy Strategy endorses the view that wind turbines are not just for rural sites," he said.
"A world-class city such as Manchester has a responsibility to use energy more efficiently and to generate it from renewable sources where we can."