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Thropton farm wind turbine go ahead advised

Controversial plans for a wind turbine in the Northumberland countryside are being recommended for approval, despite more than 100 objections.

Northumberland County Council planning officers are advising members to give the go-ahead for the 78-metre structure on a farm at Thropton, near Rothbury, in the face of opposition from residents, parish councils, bosses at nearby Northumberland National Park and the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

The turbine proposal is for an engine 50 metre to hub height, 78 metres to tip, on land associated with Follions Farm, Weststeads.

It has yielded objections in 107 letters from residents and four parish councils – Harbottle; Glanton; Whittingham, Callaly and Alnham; and Netherton with Biddlestone. Northumberland National Park Authority and the CPRE have also lodged opposition. A Facebook page and website have also been set up by residents under the banner Fight Follions Wind Farm.

Objections are based on impact on the character of the local and wider landscape, on the visual amenity of the area, and on the local economy including tourism.

Yet county council officers are recommending the scheme be approved at a meeting of the authority’s planning and environment and public rights of way committee on August 6.

Officers conclude: “The proposed wind turbine would contribute to the provision of a sustainable source of locally produced renewable energy that is consistent with national and local planning policies.”

The proposed development would not have a significant adverse impact on the character of the landscape, heritage assets, ecology, highways, noise, or shadow flicker.

“The potential impacts on the local landscape and visual amenity in terms of nearby land users are not considered to be of such significance to outweigh the wider benefits of the proposed wind turbine in terms of renewable energy provision.”

Last night, Tony Meikle, a part-time photographer from Glanton and former editor of the village’s website, voiced his surprise at the recommendation and his hope that councillors would go against the advice.

Mr Meikle said: “It is totally out of place there. We are right bang in the high scenic area and the single so-called farm sized turbines, they are not farm sized, they are great big industrial things.” They are there to plug into the grid and make money for someone.

It is close to the hills, it is very, very close to the national park, it is very obvious from there.

It is very obvious from the Simonside hills,

it is very obvious from the hills at Thrunton Woods which are very popular. Once you get one of these farm ones the countryside becomes a mess.”

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A garage in Alberta

The company’s path to making wind power a storable commodity stretches back a decade to a garage in Alberta, Canada.

Dave McConnell, founder of what would become Lancaster Wind Systems, now Winhyne’s research and development division, started his business there.

McConnell’s background wasn’t in the wind industry. For nearly 35 years, he worked in oil and natural gas. But Lancaster’s operations kept expanding, and by 2009 McConnell had established a Nisku, Alberta, office and had gathered funds needed to test a concept combining petroleum and wind science — a hydraulically powered wind system.

The concept wasn’t completely new, according to Byrne.“There have been many hydraulic turbines before,” he said, “or at least there have been attempts at them.”

Some in the industry said hydraulically-powered units would be a dream, but many doubted industry’s ability to produce them. Chief among the doubts was whether a pump that could generate the pressure needed for the project actually existed.

Wind energy workers didn’t think such a pump existed. McConnell knew it did, and added pump technology normally reserved for offshore oil and gas drilling to his system.

Finding the right pump enabled the company to test different gases in the compression and storage system. First, the company tested the system using air, but ran into several problems.“Air is highly corrosive, especially when it’s moist,” Tuazon said. “It can cause explosion.”

The company then tried using glycol, but quickly scrapped the liquid. Before long, they came up with the gas they’re using today — nitrogen.

Nitrogen’s strengths are numerous — it’s abundant in the atmosphere, around 80 percent of what humans breathe.

“It’s naturally occurring,” Byrne said, adding that it’s also inert — meaning it’s not really a threat for explosion — and it’s noncorrosive. It’s also got a low sensitivity to heat.

And what gas leaks into the atmosphere — little, according to the company — isn’t a problem.

“That’s where we recovered it from to begin with,” Byrne said. The pieces were in place. All that needed to happen, then, was to get a demonstration project off the ground.

The project will be used to demonstrate the concept to producers interested in capitalizing on the new technology. Though the company hasn’t accomplished anything in Wyoming yet, they’re already getting interest.

Byrne presented his technology to a room full of wind and transmission executives and government officials at a February meeting in Jackson. Since then, his phone’s been ringing.

Winhyne isn’t ready to disclose just who they’re negotiating with, but every deal could help. The company’s concept could even be used by wind producers around the world almost immediately after the Guernsey demonstration begins operations in late 2014.

The chance exists that another company will develop a similar technology, but Winhyne — or some extension of the company, which was technically founded by Lancaster executives last summer and has since engulfed the original company — has been working on the technology for eight years, an evident leg up on the competition.

Merrick concerned with NSP’s wind farm plans

The province’s consumer advocate expressed several concerns with a Nova Scotia Power Inc. request to pass on to ratepayers its $93-million share of the cost of building a Lunenburg County wind farm.

The utility holds a minority stake in three wind projects, all slated to be operational by Jan.1, 2015, that were awarded in August by the province’s renewable electricity administrator.

In December, the utility asked the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board to include its investment in the 102-megawatt South Canoe wind project, which it has a 49 per cent stake in, as part of its $336.9-million capital plan for 2013.

The $196-million South Canoe project will consist of 30 to 50 turbines on two wind farms, a 78-megawatt project being developed by Oxford Frozen Foods, and a 24-megawatt one proposed for a neighbouring property by Minas Basin Pulp and Paper.

A third project in which the utility holds a minority stake is Sable Wind, a six-turbine, 13.8-megawatt wind farm near Canso that is being proposed by the Municipality of the District of Guysborough.

In addition to the capital costs on South Canoe, the utility will also spend $23 million for transmission and system upgrades. Most of the money would be spent in 2014.

In remarks to the provincial regulator, the consumer advocate submitted some concerns surrounding the application, which it said gives the utility a “competitive advantage over other independent third-party producers.”

“Because NSPI has the opportunity to recover increases in its capital costs, it is exempt from the pressures of the competitive marketplace when initially setting the price under the (power purchase agreement),” the consumer advocate said in its opening statement.

However, the utility defended its application, stating that its participation is “instrumental in delivering the best value for ratepayers.”

“Nova Scotia Power’s low cost of capital, tax advantages and experience as a generation developer were key factors in achieving the favourable economics.”

In addition, the utility wrote that it has entered into several agreements, including turbine supply, foundations, construction services, operations and maintenance and warranty agreements with Acciona that ensure the “best value for customers.”

But small business advocate Nelson Blackburn said in his opening statement that while those steps taken by the utility “may assist some risk stabilization … any warranty is subject to it being honoured, and if the warranty provider should become insolvent or refuse to honour it, the ratepayers could be on the hook.”

Last week, six participants in the request for proposals process said that the utility passing on the costs to consumers “undermines the (administrator’s) efforts to achieve the best value for the ratepayer.”

In a letter of comment posted to the regulator’s website, the group indicates that passing on the capital costs to the rate base was not a provision of the request for proposals.

Secondary packaging puts pharma protection first

Eco/Save/Pack is the name of a carton tray with product-adapted inlays meeting different market demands. Due to its chambered design, the inlay provides optimal protection. Inside the package the product is literally floating. It can be locked in place by clips, which prevents shifting and mutual contact, whereas back-ups are needed to lock contents in a plastic tray.

The reclosable, folded carton and the easy removal of the product from the inlay make the packaging easy to handle. Additionally, supplements such as patient information leaflets (PIL) in form of booklets, outserts or pre-folded inserts from a roll or sheet, can be inserted into the packaging. The single packaging material makes usage of a plastic tray obsolete. Consequently, no thermoforming machine is required.

Since its introduction at interpack 2011, Eco/Save/Pack has been further optimized and the number of applications has been increased. Eco/Save/Pack offers many advantages: Inlays and carton trays can be made by a single supplier and the implementation is fast and cost-effective. Hence, the pack style reduces processing steps and saves on investment. In many ways, the product solution proves to be cost-saving in the long term.

Since no thermoforming machine is necessary, the solution also reduces room costs. Not only is few staff needed for the production process, but expenditures for maintenance and service as well as energy consumption remain low. Using recyclable packaging materials also means less waste. For practitioners and patients, the package is easy to handle and to open. There is no risk of getting injured at sharp edges. Removing the product from the inlay is ergonomic, while the inlay is held securely in the reclosable carton tray.

The CUT 120 horizontal cartoning machine erects the tray carton, fills and then closes it. Depending on the project, single, multiple or combination packaging can be processed. The machine can also be easily retrofitted for new applications.

The cartoner can produce a variety of different applications and make subsequent application adaptations. This makes it suitable for contract manufacturers and packers. Due to its narrow construction, the machine has a unique transportation system for folding cartons offering a remarkably quick reproducible no-tool changeover. It consists of high-tensile plastic carrier lugs that smoothly carry the folding cartons rather than pushing them, thereby minimizing possible damage.

Moreover, the modular design of the machine equipment offers high flexibility for the combination of different feed and sealing versions. The transport carrier can be adjusted in all three carton dimensions (A, B and H) without changing parts. The cGMP-compliant machine design and the clearly arranged, easily accessible product area ensure best possible results. With its ergonomic user surface and a color touchscreen, the CUT 120 is extremely user-friendly. Output ranges from 80 to a maximum of 120 cartons per minute. The machine is operating at more than 200 production sites.

For all these reasons, the machine provides a flexible and future-proof solution for modern, economical and eco-friendly packaging. As a packaging system, Eco/Save/Pack can easily be produced with a technology that is already in the market. It is sustainable, saves on investment costs and makes a significant improvement in pharmaceutical product protection. Moreover, the product solution looks shapely and visually attractive. Vials and ampules are packed on one line, which increases pharmaceutical safety by avoiding cross contamination. Track-and-trace can be integrated into the line as a complete unit.