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
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
|Visting a wind turbine||Open Day presentations|
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."
Director, Christine Griffiths, meets Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change - Rt Hon Ed Davey MP
On Wednesday 10th April 2013 Christine Griffiths, Director of Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited, attended a breakfast meeting in London with the Rt Hon Ed Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change. During the breakfast Mr Davey detailed the government’s policy on energy and specifically the growing requirement for renewable energy in the UK and discussed with those present the challenges facing companies within the energy/renewable energy sectors.
Aeolus Power is a specialist wind energy company focusing on individual wind turbines for farmers, landowners, communities & businesses. Director, Christine Griffiths says, "The meeting gave those attending the opportunity to raise with Mr Davey a number of key issues relevant to their sectors – for Aeolus and the farmers and landowners that we represent - the specific problems are obtaining planning permission and insufficient grid capacity."
The breakfast was attended by representatives of 20 companies across the Energy spectrum including those working with off-shore wind, energy supply and renewables.
HSBC International Women’s Day
On Friday 8th March 2013, International Women’s Day, Christine Griffiths was invited to talk to 60 successful business women about her own business journey and the experiences, challenges and high points of running a thriving business in the wind energy sector. The event was held in the Bristol offices of the HSBC Commercial Department and the company had invited female entrepreneurs and customers from across the South West and South Wales to attend.
Christine delighted the audience by explaining how she had previously worked in a support role for her husband’s business but that she had ’come out of the shadows‘ to become the manager and public face of Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited. She described how her determination to reduce fuel bills at the family‘s farmhouse home led to the installation of their own wind turbine and how the lack of information available whilst going through that process made her determined to help others understand precisely what is needed to install a wind turbine.
Having installed a wind turbine herself she empathises with the frustration about the time it takes to obtain planning permission, how the regulatory paper work can seem daunting and how seeing a working turbine offers the very best way to evaluate noise levels, its size and performance.
HSBC had assembled a distinguished group of speakers for the day starting with Lara Morgan who in 1991, at the age of 23, started her first business, Pacific Direct Ltd, which manufactured and sold brand licensed toiletries and amenities to the hotel industry. Seventeen years later, she sold her majority share (99%) in 2008 for the sum of £20million.
Chief Superintendent of Avon & Somerset Police, Nikki Watson, gave an illuminating talk about a career in the constabulary and provided insights into management techniques, the need to remain consistent and how a personal mentor or ’sounding board‘ is essential – a sentiment echoed by all the women speakers.
Nigel Jew of Action Coach completed the day by encouraging the business women in the room to plan for success and to continue striving to do even better.
HSBC International Women's Day from left-right - Victoria Bernard-Hayklan, HSBC Regional Commercial Sales & Service Manager; Nikki Watson, Chief Superintendent of Avon & Somerset Police; Gary Burton, HSBC SW & Wales Regional Commercial Director; Christine Griffiths, Director Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited; Sam Keane, HSBC International Commercial Manager
Renewable energy expert profile - Christine Griffiths
Like many energy experts, Christine Griffiths’ passion for renewables came from a will to cut her electricity bills and at the same time reduce her environmental footprint.
A wind turbine seemed the only viable option to provide enough green electricity to power and heat her family’s Grade II listed house in Bristol, when the obvious option – solar photovoltaics – was deemed unsuitable by planners. "The planner said we weren’t allowed to put anything on the roof because it was a listed building, so he suggested putting a wind turbine in the orchard," says Mrs Griffiths, who was recently shortlisted for the Businesswoman of the Year Award 2012. To read the article in full please look at the Farmers Guardian website.
News from BusinessGreen.com
Almost four out of five people support the UK using renewable energy to generate electricity, fuel and heat, according to a major survey published by the government today.
Of the 2,107 people polled in December and January just four per cent were opposed to using renewable energy, a number that has remained consistent across the previous three attitudes surveys conducted by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Director of Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Ltd, Christine Griffiths, adds her comments on this article.