The South & East Lincolnshire Councils Partnership has facilitated a UK first with the installation of two innovative and cost-effective mini wind turbines.
The Partnership’s Economic Development team works collaboratively with businesses and partner organisations, including the ukFPN, to find solutions to any barriers to help them succeed.
Green energy, Net Zero, the increasing costs and the impact of demands for green supply chains have meant that the team have been working hard to find new technology to help businesses combat these challenges so they can thrive and grow.
DSR Energy and Ventum Dynamics have been impressed with the SELCP, the forward thinking approach and attitude to collaborative working with a commitment to achieving a circular economy. They have brought Norwegian technology to Lincolnshire for a three-month pilot to start generating green energy, with a view to the sub region leading the way to roll out these cutting edge turbines.
The 2m high wind turbines have been installed at FreshLinc Ltd in Spalding and at the end of Skegness Pier.
The Spalding turbine has an on-grid power generator system while the turbine on Skegness Pier is off-grid and will light up the historic Skegness attraction at night.
The Partnership was able to bring together Ventum Dynamics with FreshLinc and Mellors Group to help facilitate this UK first which aims to be the start of revolutionising how electricity is generated, particularly for businesses with net zero carbon targets and to support clients wanting a greener supply chain.
Throughout the pilot, there will be regular updates on the energy generated and how this is information is being used to inform future design tweaks.
The space efficient wind turbines are quiet in operation, produce minimal vibration and can be easily mounted on rooftops. The turbines are omnidirectional to capture wind from all directions without turning, making them low maintenance.
Cllr Nigel Welton, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Economic Development at Boston Borough Council, saw both of Lincolnshire turbines being installed.
He said: “Ventum has landed in the South & East Lincolnshire Councils Partnership. There have been many people working hard behind the scenes to bring this to our region and it is fantastic to see them now up and running.
“Businesses are wanting solutions to be more energy efficient and reduce costs so it’s fantastic we have collectively been able to make this happen. I am looking forward to seeing what green projects this will lead to in the future to drive investment, support businesses and growth.”
Cllr Nick Worth, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for the Economy at South Holland District Council, said: “This truly is fantastic technology which will revolutionise green energy particularly for businesses. They can go up easily on a building, produce a lot of electricity and are far less intrusive than traditional wind turbines.
“I think they will be seen everywhere around the UK in the next few years, having started here in Lincolnshire.”
Cllr Graham Marsh, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Carbon Reduction at East Lindsey District Council said: “We get a nice breeze in Skegness so it is an ideal location to have this on Skegness Pier.
“I think this technology will be life-changing pieces of equipment for lots of homes and businesses as they are efficient and not intrusive. It is very exciting to be here doing this in partnership with businesses, investors and the Council. The Council is actively involved in bringing forward projects which improve the whole aspect of living in this area.”
Cllr Steve Kirk, Portfolio Holder for the Coastal Economy at East Lindsey District Council, said: “Here on the coast we have so many venues that use huge amounts of power and just one of these on a roof could help power them and reduce costs.
“This is a win-win for everybody, it is an amazing piece of technology which has been brought to the Lincolnshire coast and is nowhere else. I’m looking forward to seeing the data generated and believe this could be a game-changer for businesses and homes in our area.”
Ravi Rayarel, Founding Director of DSR Group, said: “These are the first two turbines to be delivered outside Norway – it is super exciting to have these in Lincolnshire as the first UK pilots.
“It is a different way of capturing wind energy. The aim is to use these to power homes and industry and have a significant impact on the cost of energy.”
Lee Juniper, Chief Executive Officer for FreshLinc Ltd said: “We are so proud at FreshLinc Group to have one of the first two turbines to go onto our roof in Spalding.
“For us, it is about becoming less dependent on the grid over the next three years. We are very excited having this in South Lincolnshire, not just for FreshLinc but for the local economy to see the benefits of what’s coming. Huge thanks to DSR, Ventum and the South & East Lincolnshire Councils Partnership for enabling this to happen.”
James Parker, Director of Operations for Skegness Pier said: “This is a pioneering step in terms of power production.
“Power is obviously becoming more and more important for businesses like ours as it is a huge part of our expenditure. Hopefully this trial will show this technology is going to be efficient for us and pave the way for the future.
“New technology is always exciting and the hope is we get to power at least the outer deck just as a demonstration of the power it is producing.”
Angie Stuart, Head of Fresh Produce at ukFPN Lincolnshire said: “ukFPN Lincolnshire, supported by the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, is delighted to see the first Ventum wind turbines in the UK installed in Spalding and Skegness.
“This is a direct result of partnerships working together to deliver for businesses. We launched this groundbreaking project at our networking event in June last year in collaboration with DSR Group, SELCP and ukFPN members including FreshLinc.
“It’s a significant step forward and we look forward to receiving the data from the pilot and to the role out of these fabulous turbines across the country.”