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Greater Manchester to get 2,000 small wind turbines that provide more ‘affordable energy’

They are powered by the air moved by passing vehicles, and will be put on buildings and lampposts.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 12th August 2022

An ambitious new project will see thousands of small wind turbines installed across Greater Manchester to provide “more affordable energy”.

Set to be delivered by a partnership of Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), the Energy Innovation Agency, and the Manchester Inward Investment Agency, and alongside renewable energy manufacturers Alpha 311, Greater Manchester could soon become home to 2,000 wind turbine units as part of the region’s carbon reduction plan.

The wind turbines are powered by the air moved by passing vehicles, and will be put on buildings and lampposts, according to BBC News.

Alpha 311 said the turbines’ size could even see small sites become wind farms.

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The manufacturer said the units were smaller and lighter than the type of wind turbines we are used to seeing on hills and in the countryside across the UK, or off-shore turbines, and it means they can be used on roads, bridges, buildings, and towers.

Most-notably, turbines expected to be the same or similar to the ones on their way to Greater Manchester have been installed next to the O2 Arena in London.

Thousands of small wind turbines could be installed across Greater Manchester to provide “more affordable energy” / Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said he was looking forward to seeing the “innovative wind turbines” in action as they could “see us generate more low carbon energy locally”, and crucially, “provide more affordable energy” at a time when people in the region “need it most”.

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“The switch to net-zero carbon can, and should, be something that offers a fairer future, as well as a greener one,” Mr Burnham explained.

Mr Burnham said the partnership would also support the creation of 200 new jobs.

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The cost of the project has not yet been revealed, but it’s thought they could begin being installed across the region should an initial pilot using the street turbines that’s set to start in Telford later in the year be successful.

The turbines in the pilot trial will be used to power streets lights, and any surplus energy will be sent back to the National Grid.

Featured Image – Alpha 311