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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
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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.