Wind goes high-tech

By Ross Findon

Friday, November 25, 2011

 

Wind goes high-tech

Pictured with the wind turbine for IW College are students, with, left, Derek McGrath, section leader for electrical installation at the college. In the middle are South Fabrications’ general manager, Kevin Gibson, left, and projects manager, Reynold

JOBS could be created on the Island thanks to a deal between a Newport boatbuilder and the company behind a revolutionary wind turbine technology.

South Fabrications, which specialises in aluminium boat building, is working with WindTronics, which is behind a unique wind turbine system that captures energy produced at the tips of its blades.

As the UK’s only installer of the patented technology, the Newport-based company will be involved in installations across the country.

WindTronics is going through the planning process for two installations at mainland Sainsbury’s stores, which if successful, could lead to th­e technology being rolled out to 770 of its other stores.

The first turbines are being installed on the roof of the IW College this month and discussions are underway with other organisations.

As well as installations, South Fabrications has been commissioned to produce the poles and frames to mount the turbines on. "This should mean more work for us and more jobs," said Kevin Gibson, general manager at South Fabrications.

Reporter: ross.findon@iwcp.co.uk

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