I was very lucky about 10 years ago.
I was working for a company and we were treated to a day out at he Honda factory in Swindon.
After talking to a lot of the shop floor staff on the production line,I was amazed at how happy and contented they were with their jobs at Swindon.
Even the managers,office staff and supervisors would "roll up their sleeves" and pitch in when deadlines were approaching.
Hope it doesnt close.
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I would rather a wind turbine than a massive pylon any day and they are dotted all over the place,.The wind turbines that are all over the highlands have to be frequently turned off because they produce far to much electricity on what you would presume ideal windy days.its also worth remembering that we have no way of storing electricity of this volume.
I rather think that Dusty and I are in fact batting from the same direction, the UK needs to build on its own exports but it also has to strengthen its own economic market, we quiet happily import anything from the other side of the world, when you think of the great Victorian industrialists and scientists this country produced and whats left?... yes I know Honda is a Japanese company and Swindon especially cant afford to loose them, they are one of the very few car manufactures this country has left.even if they are not home grown.
One single wind turbine of that size will produce around 7.5 MW of power, so all three will most likely cover more than the needs of the factory. I have no way of judging the comparative cost of erecting the turbines with that of building a conventional power station so I can't comment on your statement. Whether they are eyesores is a matter of personal preference, but personally I find them less objectionable than a power station.
I prefer a power station as it is only one building and not dozens and dozens of building scattered over the landscape as that is more damaging to the enviroment that one nuclear power station.! As said their input into the national grid is almost negligible in the scheme iof big things.
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Nuclear reactors and wind turbines both vary in size and the amount of power they can generate, so an exact answer is really not possible. But, a nuclear reactor can typically generate in the neighborhood of 1100 Megawatts of power, and as of 2011, a typical wind turbine installed on a large wind farm can generate in the neighborhood of 2 Megawatts of power. So dividing 1100 by 2, you get 550. But this isn't the answer you want because wind turbines don't generate at their full capacity most of the time (while nuclear reactors do.) It would take 550 wind turbines to equal one nuclear reactor if they both operated at their maximum capacity all the time, which is not the case. To correct for this, you need adjust by what's called the capacity factor. For nuclear reactors this is around 90%. That means over the long run, they generate electricity at 90% of their maximum. The capacity factor for large wind turbines is much lower, 30-35%. So 90%/30% is 3, and we need to multiply the 550 number by 3 to get the real equivalent. 550 X 3 = 1650. So a reasonable number to quote for the number of turbines that equal one nuclear reactor is 1650.
..... one square kilometre of land is needed to house 20 turbines. I will leave it to others to work out how much land 1650 needs. Very scenic and I would imagine migrating birds love dodging the blades, especially at night.
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Nuclear reactor!!!!! Not really? Seriously? Shudder, shudder. Save the birds from wind turbines but radiate the people. Well, I suppose that's one way of reducing the demand for energy in the long run.
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Interestingly Toyota have installed solar panels at their factory, 17,000 of them. Hooray!
The land needed, which they are renting, equates to 90,000 sq. metres. There is no mention of the cost in emissions in producing these panels or the steel supporting structures. Neither is there a mention of the loss of valueable land but all the energy that is produced will be used by the factory. Not so great news
Will this mean that Toyota will be now self sufficient in energy
Sadly no, it will only produce 5% of Toyota's needs. It doesn't bear thinking about how much land and thousands more solar panels would be have to be produced to satisfy all of Toyatas energy needs and get rid of a nasty power station
I presume you mean the Derby plant. I cannot believe that the management at Toyota would have approved such a project without a serious cost-benefit analysis, so it must have been a worthwhile undertaking to rent land rather than using existing available area. One can assume that the land couldn't have been put to more productive use as this would reflect in higher rental costs, making the whole project uneconomical.
I presume you mean the Derby plant
Jointly funded by British Gas and cost £10 million.
I'm a British Gas customer and this answers why their gas and electric bills are rising by 18% in the next couple of months. It makes me come all over in a nice warm glow to know that I'm helping Toyotas profits
According to this http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-14308351 enough power will be produced to make 7000 cars.
I wonder if plants like Honda and Toyota would be allowed mini nuclear power stations, just enough for their total use?
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I don't have a problem with such wind turbines in an industrial area although they don't produce much more than 25-30% rated output over a year but I assume that Honda will have done their investment business case to account for that. Where I can understand local concerns is the noise from such installations. Whilst the SPL is not unduly high and would probably be less than passing traffic the repetative 'swoosh' of such turbines is now being considered by the H&SC as there is a growing body of evidence that it does intrude significantly into adjacent properties especially in Summer when the houses are opened up more, so grants for insulation etc cannot address this issue. Interesting that Toyota in Derby have opted for what is UK's largest solar panel farm and even there objections were raised over visaual impact. As a previous post noticed Derby and Swindon would not have been large 1900s railway centers in todays climate.
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