Beacon Energy is a non-profit making company that aims to
promote public awareness of global warming and encourage the
reduction of CO2 emissions. West Beacon Farm features numerous
interlinked renewable energy technologies including wind turbines,
photo-voltaic panels, a groundsource heat-pump system, a hydrogen
energy storage system incorporating an electrolyser, storage tanks
and two fuel cells, a combined heat and power unit powered by
propane, solar water heating and two water-powered generators.
Another contribution towards a greener environment
NaREC, the New and Renewable Energy Centre in the UK is one of
the world’s foremost authorities in the development of alternative
energy sources and is a key element in the strategy to meet
renewable energy targets agreed at the 1997 Kyoto Conference.
Control Techniques were chosen to power a turbine blade testing
facility at NaREC, the only facility in Europe equipped to provide
comprehensive two-axis testing of blades - up to 70 metres in
length! Here, seven winches, each under the control of Unidrive SP
drives provide simultaneous bending distributed along the length of
the blade, each at pre-determined loads ranging from 10 to 40
tonnes line pull.
"The Unidrive SP drives are the
only drives which could give us the flexibility we need"