When I see an array of wind turbines I want to stop and watch them. I see them as graceful and elegant machines. This is my personal feeling and I know that not all people feel this way. Now I studied renewable energy at uni and so maybe there’s more depth to what I, and many others like me, see when we look at wind turbines.
I see bountiful energy effortlessly being harnessed for all to use. I see hundreds of cogs and gears spinning away behind the slow sweeping blades. I see fields that can be used for diverse purposes as well as wind power. I see the need for dirty fossil fuels fading. I see reclamation of our land. I see less pollution in the skies.
When I watch wind turbines tirelessly generating in their hundreds I see a possible future. I see that we are capable of generating clean energy, of manufacturing efficient items that last, of working in harmony with nature, of which we are a part and moving forward into a sustainable future.
I see passive buildings that don’t cost the earth to heat. I see urban edible gardens for all. I see electric powered transport. I see community energy projects, I see local engagement in where power comes from and how it is used. I see ethical economies based on sharing, inclusion and looking after our vulnerable community members. I see artisan markets with locally produced food and clothes. I see the beginning of the end of capitalism.
Wind turbines are big, I mean they are massive. To me they are a beacon of how we as a species can move into the next era without destroying every ecosystem, or even compromising that much on our conveniences or comforts. We have the technology we need to live in a modern eco society, we understand how each ecosystem works and depends on the next. We have the knowledge. We have the power.
So next time you see a wind turbine. Think of all the possibilities it can offer. The view behind it will only remain if we build more. Don’t ever block or complain of one being installed because it’s too close or not the right location or some other nimby excuse. Welcome them into your area, plan a community energy scheme or at the very least take a moment and see what I see. Hope for our future. A beautiful future where technology respects nature. We are nature.
The Solar fire engine is not able to travel everywhere and so with more and more people wanting to power their events from solar we are here to offer a solution. It may seem like an expensive solution but if you consider the payback, the environmental benefits and the energy independence it becomes more about finding a solution for not just your power needs but the continuation of our events as a sustainable way into the future.
Following is some information from our website about one of the mobile solar generators we have built:
During the winter of 2019 REsource was commissioned to build a bespoke mobile solar generator. Firstly we liaised with the client and advised on a suitable trailer to be purchased in which to complete the build. The client was then away for the entire build during which we brought the trailer to our headquarters.
The client chose brand new Rolls gel filled batteries that can be laid flat to save space and distribute weight without spillage. They were packed in with rubber inserts to ensure no movement and maximum safety. All fittings were marine grade to prolong life and enhance quality. We really got to go to town on this one as it wasn't a tight budget, the batteries alone cost the client £10,000, or thereabouts.
Careful consideration was given to the ergonomic design as well as the structural integrity of components like the battery compartment. Side hatches were fitted to access the controls for the inverter and the fuse box.
The panel rack is designed with transport in mind as well as semi-permanent installation on site. When packed down this unit is still able to charge as there are 6 panels permanently mounted on the trailer. For full installation the panels lock into position allowing attachment of the further 3 panels stored within the trailer. The panels are on a fixed tilt angle optimised for all year round and the trailer can be moved to the best position for each site.
Power system specifications
2475W Solar Panels (Black frames)
960Ah @ 48V Rolls OPzV 2V battery cells
MPPT 150/100 (70A input)
You can view this and other installations we have completed on our Off Grid Power Systems page.