30/10/2013

Turbine Powered Park Not Generating Enough Energy

Ireland's first "self-sustaining city park" does not generate enough energy to power itself.

The €20 million Fr Collins Park was built by Dublin City Council in 2009 and features five wind turbines, designed to provide renewable energy for the park's lights, pumps, fountains and maintenance depot.

However, a new report reveals that approximately three-quarters of the parks power will be imported this year as the turbines are not generating enough energy for the site.

The report by BioXL Energy Consultants has found that even at peak performance, the wind turbines were incapable of meeting the park's electricity needs – producing justy €14,000 a year worth of electricity and needing a further €45,000 plus VAT in order to operate, while also costing around €34,000 a year on maintenance.

(MH/IT)

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