A lot of people can grumble about the sight and sounds of wind turbines. Others, particularly those of a green persuasion, can see them as majestic towers of whirling beauty. However few would think about actually living inside a wind turbine. You're probably thinking about the traditional type of wind turbine, in which case, yes, it would be most odd (and probably dangerous) to live inside a nacelle!
Scotland has an abundance of wind both onshore and offshore, and has many onshore wind farms that are contributing to Scotland’s green future, such as Whitelee wind farm in East Renfrewshire – Scotland’s largest onshore development. But the First Minister for Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, is concerned that the UK government budget allocation for offshore wind is not going to be enough to allow the industry to develop as it should.
One of the most expensive, and sometimes dangerous aspects of the creation of wind farms, is not just the initial erection and commissioning, but the maintenance that is regularly required to make sure the turbines operate at optimum efficiency. A few companies have tried to perfect some kind of artificial environment to protect the personnel effecting repairs and to protect the cleaning equipment and the replacement parts. GEV have been working on this issue for some time.
Renewable UK, the UK renewable industry group, considers that the East of England could become a hub for trade in renewable energy with Scandinavian countries if the proper regulations are drawn up and put in place.
RenewableUK has voiced its hopes that a North Sea report by the UK Parliament’s second chamber, the House of Lords, would help move forwards a regulatory framework to allow the import and export of wind energy. The East coast of England is home to some of the UK’s largest offshore wind farms, with Norfolk, Suffolk, Kent and Essex being the closest counties.