England’s largest railway station wind turbine has begun operating significantly cutting carbon emissions at Horwich Parkway.
The railway station, near Bolton, Great Manchester, now has half its annual power needs met by the 11kW 23m tall Gaia turbine installed by Myriad CEG.
The turbine is expected to reduce carbon emissions by 289 tonnes over its lifetime and produce 25,000kWh per annum. The project is part of Ticket toKyoto, a European initiative to reduce carbon emissions in public transport funded by the EU’s INTERREG IVB programme, Bolton Council, The North West Development Agency and Transport for Greater Manchester.
Phil McVan, managing director of Myriad CEG Wind, said: “Astute organisations like Transport for Greater Manchester are looking to distance themselves from reliance on mains electricity because the forecasts are that prices will continue to increase.
“As well as cutting carbon emissions, this turbine will allow surplus energy to be directed back to the National Grid.”
Bolton Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, councillor David Chadwick, added: “This station is the first in England to be powered by a wind turbine like this and we’re proud to be leading the way in Bolton.”