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
“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
quote: 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.
quote: Doubt they'll be making money from this.