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Ford installs third giant wind turbine at Dagenham Diesel Engine Assembly Line in the UK  (Source: Ford)
Wind power generates enough electricity to run thousands of homes each year

Ford may be making headlines with its EcoBoost V6 engines which power vehicles ranging from the Flex to the F-150, but the company is also looking to go green with its factories.

Ford has added a new wind turbine to reduce the amount of electricity it uses from conventional sources and improve its annual CO2 footprint. The addition of a new wind turbine at the Dagenham Diesel Engine Assembly line in the UK will improve Ford's CO2 savings from 2,500 tons to 5,000 tons per year.

The turbines at the diesel assembly line will allow the plant to be fully powered by wind by this month. The new turbine is the third on the premises. The plant needed the third turbine after adding a Duratorq TDCi engine line. The two existing turbines generate 5.92 million kWh of electricity each year. That is enough power for 1,794 homes. The third turbine makes for a total annual generation of 11.4 million kWh. The installation began in May of 2011 with the laying of groundwork and the new turbine was installed and is now operational.

“Since 2000, we have reduced our global operational energy use by 30 per cent and CO2 emissions from our facilities by 39 per cent,” said Ken Macfarlane, Vice President Manufacturing, Ford of Europe. “Globally Ford is committed to continue leading the way in environmental responsibility, whether with the vehicles and powertrains we make or through the processes we use to make them.”

The two existing turbines are gigantic with a height of 150 meters each. Ford also uses renewable energy at other locations in Europe -- Ford’s Genk Plant in Belgium has two wind turbines and many other Ford facilities use green energy (such as solar).



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Ford doing things right
By GuinnessKMF on 8/16/2011 1:43:05 PM , Rating: 2
I really do have to applaud Ford for really trying to do things right lately. They weathered the financial storm in the US with only asking for a line of credit, and as far as American cars go they're trying to make up for the perception of American cars as junk.

I do agree that it's a bit odd to say they're "saving" 5000 tons of CO2 a year, because that just tells you that they were pumping out 5000 tons a year before-hand.

I would like to know how much money this is saving them, I love seeing "green" being done by companies in a way that allows them to stay in the black, because it means every company should be looking to do it, not just for the politics and positive press.




RE: Ford doing things right
By 225commander on 8/16/2011 1:53:52 PM , Rating: 2
"I would like to know how much money this is saving them, I love seeing "green" being done by companies in a way that allows them to stay in the black"

Probably tax break/incentive, subsidy, sell more vehicles on good press, etc. It isn't 'saving' them any money if you take away those 'incentives' to be green. You can bet they would not be doing this if it weren't for the political climate, hence the mention of "Since 2000 we have....." right about the time 'being green' became en-vogue, even at a loss.


RE: Ford doing things right
By GuinnessKMF on 8/17/2011 12:25:59 AM , Rating: 2
Electricity isn't free, wind generators can be profitable investments. Obviously they're not in the business of power generation, and there are additional incentives both through subsidy/taxes/avoiding penalties and press, but it is all about the bottom line, and they are saving money on electric costs.

Some quick searching reveals that generators of this size usually pay for themselves in under 10 years (not going to pretend I knew the time, but I knew they were profitable, quick source, take with grain of salt: http://www.ucsusa.org/clean_energy/technology_and_...


RE: Ford doing things right
By Spuke on 8/16/2011 2:54:31 PM , Rating: 2
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I would like to know how much money this is saving them, I love seeing "green" being done by companies in a way that allows them to stay in the black, because it means every company should be looking to do it, not just for the politics and positive press.
Doubt they'll be making money from this. More than likely it was done for political/social reasons.

PS - Green is the new SUV.


RE: Ford doing things right
By YashBudini on 8/16/2011 5:21:48 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Doubt they'll be making money from this.


That's assuming all things remain as they are now. With a period of strong inflation they may end up seeing a lot more green than initial expectations.


RE: Ford doing things right
By Kiffberet on 8/17/2011 8:25:21 AM , Rating: 2
How much CO2 was created by forging the wind turbines?

Deduct that from the 5000 tons of CO2 'saved' and there's your real figure.


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