Please find below a handful of these projects.
wpd Scotland, a subsidiary of the market leading international wind farm developer wpd AG, approached us to supply and install met masts with instrumentation for their first two projects in Scotland. Dulas worked with wpd to finalise the layout and specification for the instrumentation, to ensure that the client’s preferences were accommodated. The instrumentation comprised of Thiess anemometers and wind vanes, an Ammonit datalogger, Campbell temperature sensors and barometer plus an aviation light and bird diverters where required as a planning condition.
Dulas carry out a range of services for RWE npower renewables including the installation, refurbishment and decommissioning of meteorological masts up to 80m and offshore remote sensing system management.
In 2008, RWE npower renewables was awarded the rights to seek planning permission to develop a wind farm in Clocaenog Forest in North Wales. Clocaenog Forest is located within one of seven areas (called Strategic Search Areas) set aside for the development of large-scale wind farms.
Dulas installed a number of first class Vector anemometers on three masts in 2009 (meeting IEC61400-12-1 guidelines). We then undertook a complete refurbishment of them in 2012.
Dulas was employed by Hampshire County Council to identify locations where it was technically possible to harness onshore wind resource. The data collected by Dulas provided the backbone of a workshop for planners and stakeholders, which sought to disseminate up-to-date information about wind energy, establish if Hampshire could meet its RPG target, and to assess the adequacy of planning policies and identify the potential resource.
The London Array project in the outer Thames Estuary is currently the world’s largest consented offshore wind farm. At 1000MW, the wind farm could eventually power up to 750,000 homes.
Dulas has been involved with the London Array project installing wind monitoring instruments and maintaining the met mast since 2008. Dulas regularly visit the mast to replace instrumentation, inspect the tower and more recently, to install a tide level sensor. The London Array met mast is approximately 5 miles out to sea adjacent to one of the largest on-going construction projects in the UK.
Wind energy was identified as a means of offsetting the high energy demands of the Nant y Gelli farm in Carmarthenshire, which consumes high amounts of electricity due to the cooling systems involved in milk production. Continued rises in energy prices were bringing into question the viability of the farming operation.
The intention of the landowner is to generate energy through a wind turbine that will supply the farm business, particularly in the automation of several of the everyday labour intensive tasks undertaken by the single farmer.
Planning permission was awarded in July 2012. The turbine provides over 100% of the electricity needs of the farm, so excess generation is exported for distribution on the local grid network.
Ty Nant Ltd approached Dulas to undertake assessments and prepare an environmental report to support a planning application for a single 500kW wind turbine at the Ty Nant bottling plant near Bethania, Ceredigion.