High performance E4660 joins the fleet
Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited is pleased to announce that the popular Endurance Wind Power E3120 has been joined by the E4660, a similar sized turbine with a larger rotor. The larger rotor enhances the performance of the turbine and it produced 35% more energy than its sister turbine. Supplies of the turbine will be available for installation across the UK in 2015.
Endurance Wind Power has confirmed that “The 35% jump in productivity more than compensates for the 30% Feed in Tariff (FiT) degression that has taken place over the last 18 months, giving farmers and landowners a second chance to achieve the FiT revenues of 2012.”
The rotor size of the E4660 is 23.5m compared with 19.2m for the E3120. This in turn gives the E4660 a blade swept area of 434 square metres compared to 290 square metres for the E3120.
The E4660 builds upon the success, reliability and safety aspects of the E3120 and its higher level of performance is making it a popular choice.
Christine Griffiths, Director of APWE says, “We have been installing, commissioning and maintaining the Endurance E3120 since 2010 and have found it an excellent turbine. We are pleased to see these enhancements and delighted to be able to offer a higher performing turbine.”
Aeolus Power offers financial partnerships to assist farmers with the installation of an Endurance Wind Power turbine on their land, from full ownership, to part-ownership and no-cost land leasing. Please contact Christine or Victoria Griffiths on 01454 633 323 for more information.
Christine Griffiths interviewed for the national Everywoman UK network – ‘Building a Business from scratch’
Unable to get the product or service we want, most of us grumble and accept it. Not Christine Griffiths.
Appalled by the high energy bills at the family farm, Christine and husband Pete wanted to install solar panels, but it was impossible because the farmhouse was a listed building. Then they discovered they could have a wind turbine in the orchard. Turbine installed, Christine realised that thousands of other farms must face the same problem. So despite knowing nothing about renewable energy and being terrified at the thought of fronting a business, she decided to start Aeolus Power Group, distributing and installing individual wind turbines...
A growing fleet needs a growing team!
Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited is currently recruiting a Wind Turbine Technician to be part of team in supporting our clients with their turbines. This will involve installing and both scheduled and unscheduled maintenance work on the turbines when necessary.
The complete job listing can be found here
Successful renewal of ISO 9001 Certification
Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited successfully met the requirements for re-registration and was once more awarded ISO 9001 certification. This confirms that the company implements a Quality System, (certified by QAS according to Standard QAS ISO 9001:2008) with the permitted exclusion of clause 7.3 Design and Development. The company’s Certificate number is A 14098.
ISO 9001 is a globally recognised Quality Management System (QMS) that shows a business is committed to continuous improvement in order to meet the needs of its customers whilst still fulfilling all legal and regulatory requirements.
The work to achieve the following year’s ISO 9001 is continuous with the inclusion of new processes, the insertion of additional, legislative paperwork and the updating of technical specifications from manufacturers. All these things, and others, have been integrated into the company’s Procedures Manual.
Director Christine Griffiths said, “It takes commitment from the entire Aeolus Power team to ensure that the information held in our Quality Manual and Procedures Manual is up to date, accurate, relevant and easy to understand. As part of our ongoing commitment to excellence we installed an electronic Quality Management System to ensure that the right things are done at the correct time and that the appropriate people are all involved.”
The entire company now operates to the processes identified in ISO 9001 and continuous auditing will ensure an ongoing commitment to improvement. Aeolus Power was originally awarded ISO 9001 in July 2012.
The X Range of turbines has grown!
We are pleased to offer you four new Endurance Wind Power ‘X-range’ turbines as part of our portfolio. The new X Series builds on the proven success of the E-3120 and it has evolved from the successful 225kW X-29 turbine launched last year.
Endurance turbines ideal for farmers
Between 2012 and 2013 installations of turbines in the 15-500kW range across the UK increased by 43% (source: RenewableUK). Endurance turbine installations accounted for over 40% of the installations during that period. These impressive, reliable and safe turbines have become the major players within the UK farm energy market. We have installed over 90 Endurance E-3120 wind turbines within the past 4 years and 3 X-29 turbines since its launch last year.
Eligible for the Feed in Tariff
Endurance has developed this new X-series in response to market growth and expected reductions to the Feed-in Tariff. The turbines range in size from 180kW to 225kW and as with all the Endurance turbines the new turbines are much smaller than the industrial turbines and are focused on efficiency, quiet operation and safety. They are all eligible for the Feed in Tariff (ROO-FiT).
The new models are:
- 225kW X30 – Rugged and ready for most extreme wind conditions this turbine goes where the others won’t
- 225kW X33 – Optimized to be the most efficient turbine under 250 kW in UK on mid wind speed sites
- 225kW X35 – With a large rotor designed for low winds this turbine is the highest energy performer suited for most sites in the UK
- 180kW X35Q – Low rotor speed and nominal power make this turbine push the boundaries for sites previously discounted as a result of low wind speeds or grid capacity
Please contact Pete or Chris if you would like more information: 01454 633 323.
Action for Renewables - sign the petition
In 2013 our net energy import dependency (the amount we import minus what we export) was at its highest level since 1975 at nearly 50%. That means we're having to import our fuel from places like Russia. North sea oil and gas is running out, so we'll be more dependent on imported fuel unless we develop our domestic energy sources like wind power.
Wind power already provides enough power for over 6 million homes per year, and is responsible for 34500 jobs. We urge the Prime Minister to back developing more clean UK energy sources like wind so we're not at the whim of other countries to keep the lights on.
Thank you - Action for Renewables
Article in Sunday Times, Christine Griffiths - How I made it.
Christine Griffiths was interviewd by Hattie Williams for an article entitled ‘How I made it’ which appeared in the Sunday Times Business Section on Sunday 4th May.
Christine Griffiths explains the founding of Aeolus Power in 2007 and the journey of the company to date. To read the article in full please click here.
Support Aeolus Power - have your say on onshore wind with moneysavingexpert.com
Are wind farms an aye-aye or an eyesore? Why not have your say and vote via the well-known website moneysavingexpert.com. They are currently running a poll on onshore wind, offering various options to vote for. Support Aeolus Power and vote now.
To cast your vote please click here.
X Marks the Spot: Installation of the first Endurance Wind Power X-29 Turbine in Wales.
|Technicians in the Nacelle||X-29 Installation||Daybreak over an X-29 turbine|
Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited are delighted to have installed the first Endurance Wind X-29, 225kW, wind turbine in Powys. This is the first installation of this powerful, efficient and proven wind turbine in Wales and only the 3rd in the UK. The turbine offers the farmer the benefits of reduced electricity prices, his own supply of electricity and the ROO-FiT payments.
The turbine was installed and commissioned on 31st March and had received planning permission in January 2014. They cycle of gales, storms and rain in the early part of this year hindered the installation process but the turbine was installed and operating by the 31st March deadline imposed for the change in the ROO-FiT payments.
Director of Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited, Christine Griffiths, said, “We knew that the timings were tight and the weather was determined to throw continual obstacles in our way but the dogged determination of the installation team ensured that we were able to install the turbine in time for the farmer to meet the 31st March FiT deadline. This is the first X-29 that we have installed and we are delighted with the result.”
For farmers and landowners who would like to benefit from wind energy but who do not want to own a turbine, Aeolus Power Group offers a wide range of part-ownership and land-leasing arrangements to enable those with a suitable site to benefit from cheaper electricity and an income from their land. These finance and ownership options are available on the Endurance Wind Power E-3120, 80kW, grey or white turbines and the X-29, 225kW turbine.
To read the press release in full please click here.
Minister of State opening Endurance Power UK manufacturing base
Greg Barker, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change will officially open the Worcestershire manufacturing facility of Endurance Wind Power on 13th March 2014.
The Minister will tour the production site of the new Endurance Wind Power X-29, 225kW wind turbine and speak with engineers from Endurance Wind Power and with the company’s approved UK suppliers & installers. Christine & Peter Griffiths of Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited and Victoria Griffiths of Aeolus Partnerships are amongst the invited guests.
Christine Griffiths, director of Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited said, "Mr Barker has been outspoken in his desire to see growth for the installation of small and medium sized wind turbines. We shall be speaking with him about the need for farmers to reduce their energy costs and how wind turbines are an essential element in that regard."
The manufacturing site is in Hartlebury, near Kidderminster, Worcestershire. To read in full click here
ITV News interviewed, Philip Gibbs, an Aeolus Power (Wind Energy) Ltd customer about his Endurance wind turbine.
Aeolus Power assists Met Office using its TOPAZ data
Aeolus Power (Wind Energy) Ltd are delighted to have helped the Met Office to verify the accuracy of its Virtual Met Mast™. We supplied actual wind speed data captured by our TOPAZ (Turbine Output Performance AnalyZer) technology sited on each turbine which they compared to their own figures. Virtual Met Mast™ (VMM) is a service offered by the Met Office to help developers assess the long-term wind resource at any specified site and turbine hub height. Accurate wind data is required to calculate the long term power yield and the resulting revenues over the lifetime of the asset.
Aeolus Power (Wind Energy) Ltd was the first approved UK distributor and installer of Endurance Wind Power turbines in the UK and has now installed over 75 E-3120 turbines across the UK. TOPAZ was commissioned, designed and developed to meet customer demand for performance information about their turbine. It collects and transmits accurate, real-time, location-specific data over the mobile phone network, detailing the performance of individual wind turbines. The information can be accessed 24 hours a day by the turbine owner on their own password protected page of this website.
To read the Met Office case study please click here
Aeolus Power becomes a NFU 'Farm Energy Service' Approved Supplier
Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited is delighted to announce that they have been accepted as an NFU ‘Farm Energy Service’ Approved Supplier for wind energy. The NFU has restricted its supplier list to just 5 companies across the UK for each type of renewable energy production. Companies applying had to allow the NFU to examine their accounts, provide a list of customers who would provide references and also demonstrate a history of successful performance. Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited has installed more than 70 Endurance Wind Power turbines across the UK. The company was the first approved UK distributor and installer of the Endurance Wind Power turbines and was appointed in 2009.
The NFU specified that, "Any organisation that we list needs to demonstrate a high level of experience, professionalism, service and value in the technologies that they choose to be promoted for."
Director of Aeolus Power, Christine Griffiths, said, "We are delighted to have been selected as an NFU service supplier for wind energy. We strive constantly to support farmers with cheaper electricity in order that they can lower their overheads. We understand the financial commitments of running a farm and offer a range of ownership options from no-cost, through part-ownership to full ownership. A correctly sited wind turbine will enable farmers and landowners to benefit from cheaper electricity."
Support for an early FiT review
Industry body ‘RenewableUK’ is launching a campaign to gather support for small and medium wind turbines in the UK, with the aim of persuading the Government to complete an early FiT review.
When addressing the Conservative Party Conference on 30th September 2013, Greg Barker, Minister of State for Energy & Climate Change, said: "I want to unleash a completely new model of competition and enterprise. I want to encourage a vast new army of disruptive new energy players to challenge the Big Six. From individual consumers to community groups, entrepreneurs, SMEs and FTSE giants, I want them all to consider generating their own energy at real scale, as well as starting to sell their excess energy on a commercial basis. A decentralised power to the people energy revolution – not just a few exemplars but tens of thousands of them. The Big Six need to become the Big 60,000."
RenewableUK wants to encourage turbine owners to contact Greg Barker, stating that they are one of the big 60,000, and if he doesn’t do something very soon, there will be no new, small turbine owners in the future. To that end RenewableUK has requested that we ask you whether you would be prepared to provide a photograph of yourself, standing in front of your turbine, holding one of the five ‘posters’ - click on the link below: printed posters will be sent to you if you would like to be involved in this way.
Please let us know if you would like to be seen as one of the ‘Big 60,000’!
Endurance Wind Power E-3120 Grey turbines in stock now & available now!
Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited has stock of the ‘hard to find’ Endurance Wind Power E-3120 wind power turbines in grey. Those farmers or landowners who have planning permission for an Endurance Wind Power E-3120 and for whom a condition of planning is that the turbine must be grey should contact Aeolus Power at once. The turbine needs to be installed and commissioned before the March deadline when the FiT is expected to drop slightly.
Director Christine Griffiths says, "When Endurance mentioned to us that there was the opportunity to stock grey turbines we placed an order immediately. We anticipate high demand as more and more planning departments are insisting on grey turbines to minimise the turbine’s visibility. We have stock at our depot and with the Fit changes imminent it is imperative that interested farmers or landowners act quickly."
The grey turbines are available across the UK, manufactured to order and work in just the same, efficient way as the Endurance Wind Power E-3120, 80kW, white wind turbines. They are the same price too. For more information please contact Christine Griffiths on 01454 633 323.
Farmers benefit from wind energy without paying a penny!
Christine Griffiths, Director of Aeolus Power Group is delighted to announce the inclusion of Aeolus Partnerships within the business.
Operating nationally from the Group’s Bristol office, Aeolus Partnerships will provide the opportunity for farmers, landowners, communities and businesses to benefit from reduced electricity prices. The electricity will be supplied by a wind turbine on their land and there are a variety of partnership options available from a ‘no cost’ arrangement through to 49% part ownership of the turbine.
This innovative scheme provides a range of benefits for those prepared to site an Endurance Wind Power turbine on their land for 20 years. As well as a reduced electricity price, they will receive a 20 year rental income for the turbine and the annual rent will be linked to inflation.
The agreement will include a fixed price for electricity for the first 3 years at a level substantially less than that offered by the ‘big 6’ energy companies. At the end of the 3 year period the price will be fixed for a further 3 years at the electricity ‘export rate’ quoted on that day.
There is the flexibility to own as much as 49% of the turbine or alternatively to own none of it. If the partnership is purely a Land Leasing Partnership then Aeolus Partnerships pays for everything including planning, legal fees, ground works, insurance, installation, turbine maintenance at 5,000 hourly intervals and if necessary, any repairs. It costs the land owner nothing to have the turbine installed on their land. If the land owner prefers a part ownership scheme then a percentage of the costs will be agreed with them before the project starts.
The Partnership agreements are for the 20 year period of the Feed in Tariff payments and after that time, subject to an extension of planning permission, a further Partnership can be agreed. Alternatively the turbine can be decommissioned and removed by Aeolus Partnerships. The first step in the Partnership is to identify with the land owner their electricity needs and the kind of financial agreement they would like, from part ownership of a wind turbine through to simply leasing their land.
From March 2014 Aeolus Partnerships is under the enthusiastic management of CEO Victoria Griffiths. Victoria said: ‘Aeolus Partnerships provide a very real opportunity for farmers, estate managers, businesses and communities to benefit from reduced energy bills at a time when costs are continuing to rise. I am thrilled to be managing this element of the family business and I am looking forward to being part of an industry responsible for driving global environmental change.’
Victoria has ambitious plans for Aeolus Partnerships which will see it continuing to diversify and react to changing environmental, social and economic demands.
Aeolus Power was the first approved distributor and installer of Endurance Wind Power turbines in the UK and its knowledge of the wind industry is impressive. The company offers a complete ‘wraparound’ service from project concept, through planning, installation, commissioning and maintenance.
Natwest Everywoman Awards - thank you
Thank you so much to everyone who sent me messages of support for the NatWest Everywoman Awards on 4th December 2013 – what a day it was!
As you know I was a finalist for the Hera ‘over 50’s’ award, and although not the overall winner I was amazed, inspired and humbled by the strength, fortitude and downright ‘stickability’ of many of the women who were nominated.
Over 200 women from across the UK had entered the NatWest Everywoman awards and the final was held in the opulent ballroom of the Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London. The hotel was sumptuous indeed and I would be delighted if my own Christmas decorations reach the splendid displays of the hotel for they had certainly ‘decked the halls’ and the venue perfectly supported the occasion.
The Aeolus Power Group works tirelessly to provide the best products and a personal service for all our customers and we will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Not for us the ‘here today, gone tomorrow’ approach and that’s the way we shall continue to operate. Click here for full press release
|Dave Rankin - Endurance Wind, Christine Griffiths & Peter Griffiths - Aeolus Power Group||Christine Griffiths - Aeolus Power Group
Finalist for the Hera Award
|Christine Griffiths and fellow finalists, Shaheen Bhatia & Karen Kirby (Winner of Hera Award)|
New Wind Energy Record
RenewableUK published a press release on 29.11.13 after confirming with National Grid that a record-breaking amount of clean electricity was generated by wind in the UK today – achieving more than 6GW for the first time.
On Friday 29th November from 14.30-15.00, wind generated an average of 6,004MW, which accounted for 13.5% of the UK’s total electricity demand at that time – enough to power more than 3,410,000 homes.
The previous record, set on 15th September this year, was 5,739MW. That record was broken several times today, with wind regularly generating more than 13% of the UK’s total electricity demand, demonstrating a high consistency of supply (e.g. 11.00-11.30: 5,942MW. 11.30-12.00: 5,910MW, 12.00-12.30, 5,854MW, 12.30-13.00: 5,925MW).
Read the press release in full from Renewable Energy.
Great British Wind Meal
RenewableUK published a press release on 29.11.13 about a special event devised to promote the benefits of onshore wind energy.
On Friday food campaigner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, RenewableUK and energyshare hosted a roundtable discussion and meal where the ingredients are from farms and suppliers powered by wind, celebrating the wind industry’s role in sustaining Britain’s farming communities.
The Great British Wind Meal is unique – the first ever event of its kind – with the menu specially put together by River Cottage Canteen and Deli Plymouth using ingredients donated by a range of farmers and food producers.
The roundtable discussion on wind and farming was supported by Cornwall Council and took place at Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park featuring Maf Smith, Deputy Chief Executive, RenewableUK, Robin Hanbury Tenison, Cornish farmer and author, Nicky Conway, Forum for the Future and was chaired by Bill Martin, the Editor of the Western Morning News.
Read about the event in full here.
AMES - Agricultural Machinery & Equipment Show
We've just signed up for the Agricultural Machinery & Equipment Show at the Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet on 12th February 2014.
The aim of the show is to provide a one stop opportunity to view all types of agricultural equipment, from tractors to fencing tools and feeder wagons to tillage equipment. Any item of agricutural equipment or machinery needed by the Contractor, Livestock or Arable Farmer is covered.
Come and see us on our stand (no TBC) to discuss wind power, biomass and find out more about how renewable energy can reduce your bills.
Action for Renewables - Stand up for Wind campaign
This Autumn the Stand Up for Wind campaign from Action for Renewables has been promoting wind powered food and farming. Many of us take good quality food for granted, and we all know that the fresher it is the better. We rely on our farms every day but for many local UK food producers it’s hard to make ends meet.
That’s why they're calling on the Government to make it easier for farmers to use wind power to support themselves. Wind power is becoming a vital lifeline for farmers. It provides a stable income and helps to power things like milking machinery for dairies, or heat lamps for hatching chicks.
Three years ago the Government said it would make it easier for farmers to use small wind turbines to help power their farms, but they didn't go far enough. Action for Renewables want the Government to put its money where its mouth is and help support British farms to harvest the wind, as well as harvesting food.
Click here to send a message to Planning Minister Kris Hopkins MP, and Stand up for Wind Powered food.
Come and see us in December at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair and the Renewable Energy Fair
December is a busy time for the Aeolus Power team. We will be the Royal Welsh Winter Fair on the 2nd & 3rd of December in Builth Wells. Come and see a working biomass boiler in action on stand OS76.
On the 5th we shall be heading east to Newbury for the Renewable Energy Fair. We will be answering your questions on wind energy and biomass.
Wind industry welcomes Energy Secretary’s investment in innovation
RenewableUK has warmly welcomed a ringing endorsement of the wind, wave and tidal energy industries by the Energy Secretary Edward Davey at the trade association’s annual conference in Birmingham.
- The Energy Secretary announces new funding for innovative offshore wind technology
- Mr Davey says Government investment in innovation will help to cut electricity bills
- Industry welcomes Mr Davey’s emphasis on key roles of wind and marine energy
Mr Davey used his speech to "confirm and reconfirm the Government’s commitment to renewable energy". He described onshore wind as "a huge success story and we should be proud of what’s been achieved". The Energy Secretary also highlighted the fact that the UK is the world leader in offshore wind generation, and stated "the UK needs to retain its global lead". He spoke of the Government’s ambition to achieve the "high end" of the deployment offshore, making it clear that any concerns about reducing commitments on deployment levels were misplaced, as the UK has the potential for 39 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind by 2030.
Welcoming Mr Davey’s speech, RenewableUK’s Chief Executive Maria McCaffery said:
"In his keynote speech, Mr Davey made it clear that wind plays a crucial role in the UK’s energy portfolio and that role will continue to increase in importance in the years ahead. The investment he announced is particularly timely, as we are straining every sinew to drive down the costs of offshore wind even further by encouraging innovation in areas where breakthroughs are taking place."
"The Energy Secretary is right to highlight the number of green collar jobs we’ve created, which will increase by thousands in the years to come as long as Government remains supportive. His ringing endorsement of this British success story shows that wind is the cornerstone of this country’s clean energy future".
Earlier today, new evidence was published showing that public support for renewables remains strong. The Department of Energy and Climate Change released the latest wave of results in its Public Attitudes Tracker, which assesses public opinion on renewables four times a year.
Support for generating electricity from renewables remains high at 76% (with only 4% of people opposing). 66% support the development of onshore wind. Support for offshore wind stands at 72%, and wave & tidal energy at 71%.
Christine Griffiths announced as finalist in the national “NatWest everywoman Awards"
The finalists in the 2013 NatWest everywoman Awards are announced today, recognising the women across the UK who are showing the vital contribution that female enterprise makes to the British economy. With Britain ranked one of the top global countries for female entrepreneurs and continued economic growth forecasted these business success stories are a tribute to the women behind them and will inspire others to follow in their footsteps.
In 2007 Christine & her husband launched Aeolus Power, distributing and installing individual wind turbines. With a client base of farmers, landowners and businesses, it provides guidance and expertise to help individuals navigate the complicated paperwork and planning procedure involved with turbine installation.
Christine has grown the company from a kitchen-table enterprise to a team of ten at the purpose-built offices in Pilning, South Gloucestershire, and in 2012 the company had an annual turnover of over £6 million. Aware that the wind turbine sector in the UK faces challenges in terms of public acceptance and local authority approval, Christine and her team explored other renewable energy options and in July 2013 Christine added biomass to the Aeolus Power Group portfolio.
Judges including business founders Chrissie Rucker MBE (The White Company), Wendy Hallett MBE (Hallett Retail), Camilla Stephens (Higgidy) and Anna Lee (Storm Watches) presided over a record-breaking number of entries for this, the most highly regarded awards programme for British female enterprise.
What happens to wind turbines in high winds?
Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited has installed more than 60 Endurance Wind Power E-3120, 80kW wind turbines across the UK, and during the exceptionally windy, stormy weather experienced in October 2013, all of the Company’s installed turbines performed as they are designed to do.
The Endurance Wind Power E-3120 wind turbine has CE certification, a mandatory marking which confirms that the turbine meets EU consumer safety, health and environmental protection legislation and which permits access to the Feed in Tariffs.
Director of Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Pete Griffiths says, "All our turbines worked as expected during the recent windy weather. The Endurance 80kW turbine is designed to shut down automatically when the wind reaches 25 metres/second (or 56 miles per hour), when there is a grid failure or when the blades begin to spin too quickly. This is precisely what happened to all turbines affected by strong winds. The wind turbines shut down when the wind speed reaches 56 miles per hour, and then restart when the wind speed returned to an acceptable level."
Safety is the main consideration when installing a wind turbine. Pete Griffiths is the first Approved ‘Endurance Wind Power, E-Series, Installation Supervisor’ in the UK and he takes exceptional care to ensure that the turbines the company installs are safe. Pete Griffiths says, "Every installation has its own challenges, and safety is always our main criterion. The installation process can be demanding, when it is raining it is difficult for heavy lorries to access the site and when it is very windy then installing a 25m tower is less than straightforward. It is essential that the turbine installation is safe and our detailed procedures make sure that is the case, whatever the conditions."
As the storm of 27th & 28th October 2013 was forecast to be so severe Endurance Wind Power took the unusual step of remotely shutting down all the turbine installations in Cornwall.
A safe installation commences by ensuring that the ground where the turbine will be sited is properly prepared with a strong, stable and safe base. Pete manages access from the highways to the turbine site, ensuring that vehicles carrying the turbine parts, cranes and safety apparatus are all available at the appropriate time and can access the site safely. Working with his team at heights of 25m it is vital that all safety measures are implemented and that the installation process is followed precisely, this includes connecting the turbine to its control box, linking to the national grid and commissioning.
Pete continues, "We ensure that the Endurance Wind Power 50kW wind turbine is sited away from buildings and public spaces. Wind turbines need to be treated with the same respect as other pieces of large, heavy farm machinery such as tractors and combine harvesters, and there must be emphasis placed upon siting the right turbine in the right place."
Please look at the following interesting article from the BBC on what happens to wind turbines in a storm?
Preferential rates for owners of Endurance Wind Power turbines
Aeolus Power delighted to report that Endurance Wind Power and Opus Energy have signed an agreement which gives you market leading rates when selling export electricity. The rate applies to all your export electricity and, depending on production and usage; it can be worth up to £2000 per annum at the Endurance Premium Rate of 5.58p.
We have worked with Opus Energy since 2011 and are pleased that this leading business, energy supplier has agreed to buy all the unused power generated from Endurance-built wind turbines. Opus Energy will also offer these market leading rates to farmers and landowners who purchase an Endurance turbine in the future. To read press release in full click here
Opportunity to benefit from the feed in tariff
The Feed in Tariff (FiT) gives three, welcome, financial benefits:
- A payment for all the electricity you produce, even if you use it yourself.
- Additional bonus payments for electricity you export into the grid.
- A reduction on your standard electricity bill, from using energy you produce yourself.
The Feed in Tariff currently stands at an impressive 21p per kilowatt (kW) of energy produced. It is possible that this benefit will be reduced to 16.8p per kilowatt in April 2014 and allowing for Retail Price Index inflation you would receive 18p per kW. The table below shows the difference that will make to your income.
|Annual energy output||FiT payment at 21p||FiT payment at 18p|
If you are seriously considering the installation of a wind turbine there are clear financial benefits of turbine installation before April 2014, and for farmers and landowners turbines remain a viable opportunity to manage energy costs.
If you would like the opportunity to find out more, to move ahead with the process of installation, or to discuss the implications of the changes then please give Aeolus Power a call and we'd be pleased to discuss your project with you.
Successful Quest for ISO 9001 Certification!
On 16th July 2013 Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited successfully met the requirements for registration and was awarded ISO 9001 certification. This confirms that the company implements a Quality System, (certified by QAS according to Standard QAS ISO 9001:2008) with the permitted exclusion of clause 7.3 Design and Development. The company’s Certificate number is A 14098.
ISO 9001 is a globally recognised Quality Management System (QMS) that shows a business is committed to continuous improvement in order to meet the needs of its customers whilst still fulfilling all legal and regulatory requirements.
Under the rigorous management of Mark Parrott, an Aeolus Power Wind Turbine Technician, the work to gain certification began in July 2012 with the production of a series of flowcharts to encapsulate the company’s numerous processes. What was needed, when, how and who was responsible for taking action were all itemised, recorded and set in chronological order within the Procedures Manual. The task involved the entire Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) team as their individual responsibilities were painstakingly integrated into the system of company processes.
As part of the procedure all the company’s forms, standard letters and in-house publications were identified, numbered and added to the documents register in the Procedures Manual.
Director Christine Griffiths said, "It took commitment from the entire Aeolus Power team to ensure that the information held in our Quality Manual and Procedures Manual was accurate, relevant and easy to understand. As part of our ongoing commitment to excellence we installed an electronic Quality Management System to ensure that the right things are done at the correct time and that the appropriate people are all involved. We are particularly grateful to Mark for ensuring we all stayed on track, committed and involved."
The entire company now operates to the processes identified in ISO 9001 and continuous auditing will ensure an ongoing commitment to improvement. It took Aeolus Power (Wind- Energy) Limited 12 months to obtain full certification.
Majority of voters back financial support for wind and tidal power
RenewableUK, the trade association representing the wind, wave and tidal industry, has welcomed a new YouGov poll commissioned by the Sunday Times which shows strong backing for financial support for wind and tidal power, with a majority of each of Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats and UKIP voters saying that the Government should continue incentivising the technologies.
Overall 65% of people believe that the Government is right to spend money encouraging wind energy technology, with 76% agreeing for tidal power. Comparative figures for other technologies are 40% support for incentivisation for shale gas, 57% for clean coal, and 79% for solar. Read the press release from RenewableUK.
Aeolus Power launches into Biomass
Aeolus Power is adding a range of biomass stoves & boilers to its portfolio. As an established, well known supplier and installer of wind turbines the move into Biomass enables Aeolus Power to offer farmers and landowners the opportunity to benefit from the Renewable Heat Incentive and to reduce heating costs on the farm or estate. The biomass boilers can be used to heat a single building or a number of properties in close proximity and provides the opportunity for many farmers to manage their own fuel supplies.
Director of Aeolus Power, Christine Griffiths said, ‘Biomass systems offer farmers and landowners the chance to dry grain or potatoes, heat poultry sheds or provide a cost effective heating system to farmhouse & cottage accommodation. We are able to install a range of boilers which can use a variety of fuels including straw, pellets and logs. The size of the boiler and fuel chosen will be dependent upon the needs & location of individual farms and estates.’
Take a look at the Aeolus Power (Biomass) Ltd website.
APWE exhibiting at the Livestock & Dairy Show
Come and see us at stand no: DF308 in Hall 20 at the NEC Birmingham 3-4th July 2013
Preparations are well under way for the Livestock & National Dairy Show at the NEC, Birmingham, 3-4th July 2013. We shall be taking a nacelle, turbine head, which will be available for viewing on our stand.
The show presents a unique opportunity for all dairy, beef, sheep, goat, pig and poultry farmers as well as farm managers, stockman, consultants, processors and retailers to see the best livestock, equipment, products and services available in the UK market.
We will be on hand to answer all your queries on wind turbines.
Endurance Wind Power E-3120 turbine Open Day in the Scottish Borders on Wednesday 26th June
We are holding an Endurance Wind Power E-3120 turbine Open Day in the Scottish Borders on Wednesday 26th June.
The half-day will include a visit to the turbine, specialists discussing planning requirements, funding options, suitable siting for turbines, the specification of the Endurance E-3120 and there will also be the chance to speak directly with the farmer about the process of installing a wind turbine.
There will be an opportunity to experience the turbine’s size, understand noise levels and to see how the wind turbine works from a mechanical perspective. There is no charge for the event and a light lunch will be provided.
To reserve your place at the event please call Jenn Riando - 01454 633 323
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Aeolus Power (Wind Energy) Ltd proud to sponsor Matthew Bray
Aeolus Power (Wind Energy) Ltd are very proud to sponsor Matthew Bray. He has been selected to play for the Cornish Cricket Under 13 team. The team are going on tour to South Africa in February 2014. Matthew currently plays for Grampound Road Cricket Club where he is a member of the Under 13 squad.
On-hand to speak to Green Lib Dems about wind energy
Christine Griffiths, Director of Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited will be attending the Green Liberal Democrats Annual Conference at the University of the West of England on Saturday 15th June 2013. Rt Hon Ed Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change will be attending and making a keynote speech on the 3 E's - Economy, Environment and Energy. There will be a range of workshops sessions on topics such as:
- Shouldn't all Tax be Green? - tax and the economy driving green jobs hosted by Stephen Williams MP
- Free-riding the Green Wave - business and innovation in wave, wind and tidal technology hosted by Merlin Hyman (Marine Energy Park), Rupert Armstrong and Tessa Munt MP.
Other eminent speakers and MP's will be in attendance.
Penzance dairy farm is 'top performer' in UK!
A wind turbine installed near Penzance by Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited is producing more power than any other Endurance Wind Power E-3120 in the UK. The turbine was installed on Brew dairy farm in November 2012 and it has been providing energy for the milking robotics ever since.
Monitoring of the turbine is possible as a result of TOPAZ (Turbine Output Performance AnalyZer) which Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited attaches to all its turbines. Each owner of an E-3120 Endurance wind turbine has their own, password protected TOPAZ page on the Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) website and they are able to check the performance of their wind turbine whenever they wish. The performance data is updated on an hourly basis and includes average wind speed over the last hour, the peak wind speed over the last 24 hours, the power being generated and cumulative energy output since installation.
The turbine is also supported by ERIC, an Endurance Wind Power monitoring system which provides an instant update of the turbine's status, reviews maintenance needs and allows the turbine to be remotely stopped and restarted when necessary. At its current rate of operation, the turbine in Penzance is likely to reach more than 290,000kWh in its first 12 months of operation.
Director of Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited, Christine Griffiths said, "We are delighted with the performance of this turbine and its exceptional performance shows the importance of correctly siting the turbine. Unusually the turbine is almost at sea level and it has the advantage of turbulent free wind coming onto land from the sea."