Ford’s U.K. Dagenham Diesel Engine Assembly Line will soon be fully powered again by wind. The addition of a new production line at the plant is spurring the construction of a third turbine in order to keep the plant at 100-percent powered by wind-generated electricity.
The third wind turbine is slated to be completed by the end of this month, and the addition will double the annual CO2 savings to 5,000 tons from 2,500 tons. The existing two turbines generate 5.92 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity per year, enough to power 1,794 homes. The addition of the third turbine will mean 11.4 million kWh annually, power for double the number of homes.
Ford‘s installation of a 1.4 and 1.6 litre Ford Duratorq TDCi disesel engine production line prompted the need for the additional electricity. And the plant’s location, on the banks of the River Thames, is said to be an ideal place to capture wind for the environment-friendly technology.
The Dagenham plant isn’t the only green project Ford has going in Europe. The company’s ongoing Green Energy Initiative includes two wind turbines that were installed at its Genk Plant in Belgium in 2009. The 2-megawatt capacity Genk turbines produce enough energy to power 2,300 private homes.