One of Ford’s factories in the UK, the Dagenham Diesel Engine Assembly Line, is going green (actually, greener) with the installation of a third wind turbine to power its needs, doubling the CO2 savings from 2,500 tons to 5,000 tons per year.
The third wind turbine will make the Dagenham Diesel Center 100% wind powered. When the latter will start working, two weeks from now, all three turbines will produce 11.4 million kWh per year, which would be otherwise enough to power 1,794 typical UK homes.
The project has been initiated by Ecotricity, a leading wind power company in the UK.
“It’s great to see a company like Ford taking the lead in this way, powering their modern diesel engine center with green energy from our windmills. When big businesses like Ford use wind energy like this, it lends real credibility to the cause,” says Dale Vince, founder of Ecotricity.
“Since 2000, we have reduced our global operational energy use by 30 per cent and CO2 emissions from our facilities by 39 per cent,” said Ken Macfarlane, Vice President Manufacturing, Ford of Europe. “Globally Ford is committed to continue leading the way in environmental responsibility, whether with the vehicles and powertrains we make or through the processes we use to make them.”
The Dagenham factory produces the 1.4 and 1.6 L Ford Duratorq TDCi engines – one of the most economical and environmentally-friendly on the market.