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Wind turbines being used to power motorway junction lighting

  • 24-06-2011 6:27pm
    Closed Accounts Posts: 6,093 ✭✭✭

    Just noticed a planning notice up at J10 of the M8. South Tipp Co Co intend to erect what they term "small-scale wind turbines" to power the lighting at M8 junctions 9 and 10.

    Anyone know anything more about this?


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,514 ✭✭✭PseudoFamous

    Are the wind turbines a separate structure from the lights, or are they attached to each?

    If they're attached to the actual lighting, Kilmacurragh Botanic Gardens has both a solar collector and a miniature wind turbine installed on each of their lights in the carpark. Haven't got a picture, but I might be going up there over the weekend, dependant on weather, so I'll snap a few pictures if I can. They seem to work, anyway.

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,093 ✭✭✭Amtmann

    Interesting. I didn't see anything about the turbine specs. I suppose it would make sense to attach them to the light poles, if it were possible; but would planning permission be required in that eventuality?

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,786 ✭✭✭Chris_5339762

    I am typically very against wind turbines as they are awful and inefficient noisy blots on the landscape, but I do think putting turbines (and solar) on each of the lights at a motorway junction makes good sense.

  • Registered Users Posts: 66 ✭✭NITransport

    but I do think putting turbines (and solar) on each of the lights at a motorway junction makes good sense.

    I think it's good the Co Co are doing this, but to have a solar and wind receptical on each and every light on a junction would probably be a maintenance nightmare when you consider the amount of turbines required. Plus, where would the energy be stored?

    I'd assume its going to be a small group of wind turbines such as these located at some Tesco's and business parks, at one site which will power both junctions lights.