Using Torfaens Natural Resources
Torfaen has a natural environment which is unique placed to be used for generating electricity and I would like to see Torfaen invest in renewables.
I think Torfaen could invest in renewables as a way of generating much needed income for the Council and at the same time make a huge contribution to reducing carbon generated from energy.
Why the contribution is important
The carbon saving is considerable if we use the research from Veritas.
The Vestas analysis demonstrates that the entire lifecycle consumption of energy for a 2 megawatt wind turbine is equivalent to 3,295 megawatt hours of electricity - this amount of electricity would be enough to power a single average Welsh home for 375 years. Their analysis further noted that a standard 2 megawatt wind turbine would generate 5,100 megawatt hours of electricity annually and consequently would have an energy payback of 7.7 months.
However their calculations assumed a relatively low wind speed ( compiled at low altitude)- specifically an average turbine capacity factor of 29 percent. The reality is that a wind turbine, operating with Welsh hills would have a capacity factor closer to 40 percent. Consequently a 2 megawatt machine would generate 7,000 megawatt hours of electricity annually or 3,295 in less than 6 month
by thepureoption on November 09, 2020 at 12:44PM