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Norvento nED 100 turbine at Pembrokeshire site

Norvento nED 100 turbine at Pembrokeshire site

This single turbine wind power development in Pembrokeshire, utilises a Norvento nED 100 turbine. Renewables First were responsible for the pre-installation phases, including the all important site finding, detailed feasibility and planning applications.

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Wind turbine commissioning at Blacktoft

Wind turbine commissioning at Blacktoft

With the wind turbine commissioning complete, the turbine was officially handed over to Blacktoft Nursery. Four months later in spring sunshine, we returned to the site and took a selection of photographs of the 500 kW wind turbine in operation.

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EWT 500 kW turbine delivered and installed

EWT 500 kW turbine delivered and installed

With the bulk of the civil engineering aspects of the Blacktoft Nursery project in place, the electrical and mechanical hardware can now be implemented. This transition was dramatically marked by the wind turbine delivery, which took place without a hitch a few days ago.

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Blacktoft Nursery wind turbine

Blacktoft Nursery wind turbine

The 500 kW wind turbine at Blacktoft Nursery could generate 1,726,095 kWh of electricity per year, which is equivalent to the amount of electricity used annually by 405 average households.

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EWT DW54 500 kW turbine for Hibaldstow Farm

EWT DW54 500 kW turbine for Hibaldstow Farm

Given their experience and technical expertise, Renewables First were hired to specify and design the scheme, as well as project manage the civil, mechanical and electrical components of the project. The sequence of pictures below illustrate some of the key activities in the run up to installing the EWT 500 kW turbine.

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Baulker Farm wind turbine running

Baulker Farm wind turbine running

The newly installed EWT 500 kW wind turbine at Baulker Farm is performing to expectation and makes the site almost self sufficient in electricity. Renewables First has project managed the design and installation of the scheme from the instant the client obtained planning permission.

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EWT DW54 wind turbine from the inside

EWT DW54 wind turbine from the inside

Once the Baulker Farm wind turbine was installed, the commissioning and handover day provided an opportunity to ascend the turbine tower to the hub, in order to check everything is as it should be – as well as provide an opportunity to take some pictures!

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Baulker Farm wind turbine blades connected to the hub

Baulker Farm wind turbine blades connected to the hub

When assembling the hub and wind turbine blades, the challenge at Baulker Farm was one of space limitations due to the proximity of farm buildings and the large chicken sheds. With the rotor blade diameter of the EWT 500 kW turbine being 54 metres, a large surface area was required.

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Wind turbine tower sections connected at Baulker Farm

Wind turbine tower sections connected at Baulker Farm

With the lower tower section in place, the next phase of the wind turbine installation involves the upper tower section being installed. As with the lower section, both the main and tail cranes were used for the initial lifting until the section was vertical, at which point the main crane took over.

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Installing the lower wind turbine tower section

Installing the lower wind turbine tower section

With the turbine foundations completed, the site was ready for the DW54 EWT 500 kW turbine to be installed. The first to arrive was the lifting crane. This was a 1000 tonne mobile crane, required to lift the huge 30 tonne tower sections and generator up and over the chicken shed!

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Wind turbine foundations present a challenge at Baulker Farm

Wind turbine foundations present a challenge at Baulker Farm

Having completed the initial foundations for the Powerwind turbine, Powerwind then ceased trading. This meant that the completed Powerwind foundation then had to be adapted to accommodate a different turbine – in this instance, Renewables First specified a DW54 EWT 500 kW turbine.

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