Well, they don’t get much bigger. And this is bound for Scotland! OK, I doubt you will find it rolling down the A9 any day soon, much less the byways up to your local wind farm, but it is destined for a new 7MW off-shore turbine in Scottish waters. Perhaps destined to annoy Mr. Trump? The fact remains though that big is beautiful in the wind farm world and someone sometime is going to decide that one of these on-shore is a good idea. Yet again it is built abroad, Denmark in this case. I once read that the original wind turbine blades were designed in the UK but the rights to the design and technology sold abroad. Whether that is correct or a tall tale is up to others to confirm but the fact remains that for every turbine the construction jobs go abroad and the capital and financing costs land on our energy bills. Bit like heads they win, tails we lose. A little trickle down in land owners fees and Community Benefit and possibly some construction jobs in site preparation, although it is often non local contractors appointed. The Ministers longingly hope for jobs in the off-shore construction industry for the caissons and bases but so far they have yet to materialise in any quantity. Most come from the more mature industries in Germany and Denmark where they are years ahead in the off-shore field. Could it be that the UK wind industry is Merkel’s German job opportunity scheme? Support BMW, Audi-Volkswagen and Seimens.
Recent challenges to EU legislation on exhaust emissions that would have damaged the German luxury car market exposed German self interest. About time Cameron showed the same foresight and fortitude or is he only really a poodle to Clegg and the Lib-Dims. For the details on this mega blade click here.