Magazine article The Futurist

The Age of Eco-Electricity

Magazine article The Futurist

The Age of Eco-Electricity

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Towering turbine stands tall as a model of sustainable energy technology.

A new step toward the renewable energy future took place recently in the United Kingdom with the completion of that country's largest commercial wind turbine in Swaffham, Norfolk. At 67 meters (219 feet), the Enercon E-66 turbine dominates the rural landscape in eastern England, where it now brings electricity to 3,000 people. The turbine generator is also linked to the national energy grid.

According to EcoTech Charitable Trust, the organization behind the project, the E-66 is "the world's most technologically advanced wind converter [and] superior to conventional electricity generators in terms of energy efficiency and yield, as well as having minimal environmental impact."

The site of the turbine, EcoTech Centre, was built on a reclaimed brownfield site and constructed with spruce harvested from sustainable sources. The glazed windows on the southern front of the building transmit solar energy to the interior, and heat loss on the northern side is reduced through heavy insulation. …

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