06 Oct 2008 05:10:40
Severn Trent studying wind power site
Severn Trent water is considering a site for a wind turbine as part of its plans to double its renewable energy use.
The water giant has taken the step of applying for permission to erect a 60-metre monitoring mast at its Newthorpe Sewage Treatment Works in Giltbrook.
After two years of measuring wind speeds, direction and meteorological conditions the company will decide whether or not to go ahead with the construction of a turbine.
Spokesman Martin Dent told This is Nottingham: "We would like to erect some wind-measurement equipment to assess the viability for wind turbines at Newthorpe Sewage Treatment Works although, we would like to point out that, even where wind measurement is deployed, there are still a lot of considerations and studies which need to be undertaken before a site can be determined as being suitable for development."
Severn Trent currently meets 17 per cent of its energy needs through renewables.
Its main source of renewable energy is from gas from processed sewage sludge.
The sludge from its sewerage services is decomposed by bacteria, releasing methane which is then used to power combined heat and power plants.http://www.stwater.co.uk/server.php?show=nav.6198