Car firm using wind for power

One of just half a dozen vertical axis wind turbines in the country has been installed at Mercedes-Benz UK in Milton Keynes.

The 20 metre tall turbine is specially designed for urban spaces with its unique helical design and carbon fibre blades.

The electricity generated in one year will be enough to power an electric smart car for 30,000 miles – that translates into the same amount of electricity to power two average-size homes or boil water to make 50,000 cups of tea.

At its base will be three charging points for the electric smart or other electric vehicles.

Wilfried Steffen, president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz UK, said the company was taking the lead by installing the

energy saving technology.

"We hope to inspire other local companies to do whatever they can to reduce their carbon footprint," he said.

Mercedes-Benz UK is exploring how a combination of wind energy, ground-source heat pumps, rainwater harvesting and solar water heating could help achieve a longer term goal of generating 10 per cent of its energy on site.

* Planning officers at Milton Keynes Council have recommended

approval for seven 406 feet tall wind turbines at Petsoe End, Emberton.

The scheme application will be heard by a special meeting of the Development Control Committee at 7.30pm at the Civic Offices next Monday (December 17).