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SCIENCE-FOR-THE-PEOPLE May 2004

Subject:

Re: roof wind turbines

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Wren Osborn <[log in to unmask]>

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Date:

Wed, 26 May 2004 01:21:06 -0700

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Sorry I forgot the URL

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/pages/news/2004/05/SEel336a.aspx
On Wednesday, May 26, 2004, at 01:11 AM, Wren Osborn wrote:

> Marvellous.  Now to bring down the price of solar.
> Wren Osborn
>
> Launch of rooftop wind turbine pilot
> 18/05/2004
>
> The first installation of a world-leading rooftop turbine took place 
> today at a Fife school.
>
> One rooftop turbine is being installed at each of five Fife Primary 
> schools in the new pilot, and  if successful, the turbines could be 
> sited on houses and buildings across Scotland.
>
> The revolutionary Swift turbine has been developed by Edinburgh 
> company Renewable Devices Limited, and is at the cutting edge of 
> global renewables technology.
>
> Speaking at Collydean Primary School, Glenrothes, Deputy Enterprise 
> Minister Lewis Macdonald said:
>
> “This is an exciting development and I’m delighted that a leading edge 
> Scottish company is at the forefront of this research and development.
>
> “This is a great example of Scottish innovation at its best and, if 
> the Fife pilot is successful, there is the potential for green jobs 
> for Scotland.
>
> “These small turbines can be installed on roofs in urban or rural 
> environments and directly power the building with no need to feed into 
> the grid. This could have far reaching implications for the way we use 
> green energy across Scotland.
>
> “I’m also pleased that children at the schools involved are so 
> enthusiastic about the project and I am impressed with their level of 
> knowledge of and support for renewable energy,” he said.
>
> The turbines were developed by Renewable Devices Limited with £45,000 
> funding from the Executive’s SMART and SPUR award schemes.
>
> The trial launched by Mr Macdonald today involves one Swift Rooftop 
> Wind Energy System being installed in each of five Fife Primary 
> schools, in a joint initiative funded by the Executive (£15,000) 
> through the Scottish Community and Household Renewables Initiative, 
> Renewable Devices (£15,000), ScottishPower (£15,000) and Fife Council 
> (£5,000).
>
> Each turbine can generate up to 4000 kW hours of green electricity 
> each year, saving up to 1720kg carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas 
> and cutting the school’s energy bill by up to £284. They generate 
> minimal vibration.
>
> Pupils at Collydean Primary School have been working on projects about 
> the turbine being installed on the roof of their school.
>
> Rebekah Brown, a Primary 7 pupil said :
> “Putting up a wind turbine saves money and energy.  Not only that, but 
> our environment is also being helped.  So if everyone was to make an 
> effort to help a little bit, lots of the little bits could make a big 
> difference.”
>
> David Anderson of Renewable Devices said :
> “Renewable Devices is extremely pleased to be installing one of the 
> first Swift Rooftop Wind Energy Systems. With the help of the 
> Executive, the company has grown very quickly since its inception 2 
> years ago and is now a major presence in the Scottish  renewable 
> energy industry. 
>
> “The company’s philosophy of making renewable energy technology more 
> accessible is perfectly encapsulated in this pilot project which 
> provides enormous educational potential, as well as significant 
> environmental benefits.”
>
> The project will be monitored and evaluated and the company anticipate 
> going into large scale production within 12 months. Prices for 
> installation should start at around £1500.
>
> Claire Doherty, ScottishPower’s Green Product Manager, said:
> “The ScottishPower Green Energy Trust is delighted to be supporting 
> this revolutionary project which we hope will go a long way towards 
> creating environmental benefits for people living in Fife.
>  
>  “Since 1998, the Trust has successfully increased our use and 
> knowledge of renewable energy by providing grants totaling over 
> £450,000 towards more than 50 similar projects throughout the UK, 
> helping to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and tackling climate 
> change.”
>
> Mike Thornton, Head of Energy Saving Trust Scotland said:
> “Renewable energy doesn’t have to be large scale; renewables can 
> reduce energy bills for householders, schools and village halls to 
> name but a few. This project shows that the Scottish renewables 
> industry is delivering new products which meet the needs of the small 
> scale user.
>
> “We expect small wind turbines to become an increasingly common sight 
> throughout the country.”
>
> The Scottish Executive is committed to increasing the amount of 
> electricity generated in Scotland from renewable sources to 40 percent 
> by 2020.
>
> The Scottish Community and Householder Renewables Initiative (SCHRI) 
> was launched by the Scottish Executive in January 2003 to support the 
> development of small scale renewable energy projects in Scotland.  £5 
> million is available under the SCHRI to 2005. SCHRI is managed jointly 
> by the Energy Saving Trust in Lowland Scotland and Highlands and 
> Islands Enterprise in the Highlands and Islands. www.est.org.uk/schri
>
> Renewables Devices Limited was founded in May 2002 by Dr Charles 
> Silverton and Dr David E. Anderson and provides accessibole renewable 
> energy solutions through its product development and consultancy 
> services. In less than one year the company became a sustainable 
> business and, with the help of £45,000 SMART and SPUR awards from the 
> Executive has developed the world’s first silent rooftop-mountable 
> wind energy system – the Swift Rooftop Wind Energy System.
>
> The system can provide electricity to heat domestic hot water, 
> providing electrical generation that reduces fuel costs without 
> disrupting the grid supply.
>
> ScottishPower’s Green Energy Trust supports the development of new 
> renewable energy sources in the UK by offering grants to a wide range 
> of projects that will increase the use and knowledge of renewable 
> energy.
>
> In addition to the environmental benefits, Fife Council also considers 
> wind turbines as valuable resources in supporting energy and 
> environmental areas of the education curriculum. The data and 
> information available from the operation of the turbine will be used 
> by school children in their practical studies in these areas. 
>
> The SMART and SPUR schemes are the Executive’s foremost policy 
> instruments for supporting near-market research and development 
> projects by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). SMART is for a 
> technical and commercial feasibility study. SMEs successfully 
> completing their projects and require additional assistance to develop 
> a pre-production prototype can apply for further funding under the 
> SPUR scheme.

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