Greener beer with the help of Gaia-Wind small wind turbine
June 08, 2009
An award winning Shropshire based brewery has taken steps to become the leading sustainable Eco-brewery in the UK by installing a Gaia-Wind 133-11kW turbine.
Hobsons brewery based in Cleobury Mortimer has installed a twin blade Gaia-Wind 11kW turbine. This is providing a third of the electricity needed to create a perfect Hobsons pint. The brewery is now asking local residents to help with choosing a name for the turbine. The winner of the naming competition will win a crate of Hobsons Beer.
Having already implemented ground source heat pumps, rainwater capture and the use of hydro-carbon rather that CFC’s in its refrigeration process it is clear the brewery are committed to sustainable technologies.
Hobsons Brewery’s Managing Director Nick Davis researched wind technologies for several years before choosing the twin blade Gaia-Wind 11kW turbine.
The power from the turbine will be used for production processes such as brewing through to bottling. any electricity not used will be automatically re-directed to the national grid. The £40,000 turbine has a payback period of around six years.
Nick Davis said ” We are delighted with the response from everyone in the town. We chose this wind turbine as it makes less noise than the three blade variety. We also spent a long time finding the right location for the turbine to ensure it had the least impact on the landscape. However people keep ringing to ask where the turbine is so they can visit it.
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