There’s more to pollution than the emissions that come out of a tailpipe. The process of actually building a car is energy intensive and contributes its own fair share to the world’s pollution output. However, Ford’s Dagenham Diesel Engine Assembly Line located in the United Kingdom recently erected its third wind turbine. The result—a saving of 5,000 tons of CO2 each year and an engine plant that runs 100% on wind power.
With the construction of the third wind turbine the plant now runs 100% on electricity powered by the wind. When the plant was running with two wind turbines those two turbines generated 5.92 million kWh of electricity per year—enough to power 1,794 homes. The third turbine will bump that electricity generation up to a whopping 11.4 million kWh.
Ken Macfarlane, Vice President of Manufacturing for Ford of Europe, said:
Since 2000, we have reduced our global operational energy use by 30 percent and CO2 emissions from our facilities by 39 percent. Globally Ford is committed to continue leading the way in environmental responsibility, whether with the vehicles and powertrains we make or through the processes we use to make them.
It is easy to dismiss this as a plant making dirty engines through clean energy use. However, looking long term when large companies like Ford adopt alternative energy models and implement them into their manufacturing the results are positive for the alternative fuel movement.
Like it or not, large corporations do have deep pockets. Those deep pockets allow for green energy manufactures to contract out their products, generate income and attention, and ultimately push alternative fuel usage to the next mainstream level. This wind powered plant, combined with Fords EcoBoost v6 engines, are all positive signs that alternative fuels have broken through into the mainstream from not only the production plant but to the finished product.
Source: Ford | Image: exfordy
Andrew Meggison was born in the state of Maine and educated in Massachusetts. Andrew earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and International Relations from Clark University and a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Northeastern University. Being an Eagle Scout, Andrew has a passion for all things environmental. In his free time Andrew enjoys writing, exploring the great outdoors, a good film, and a creative cocktail.