O2 Arena to install mini-wind turbines
The O2 Arena, the iconic London landmark, is set to install a set of vertical wind turbines to generate enough clean energy to power up to 23 average homes.
Lee Lacey, the facility director at the O2, told the Guardian that the arena had “been searching for a suitable wind-generated power source” to help cut its greenhouse gas emissions and reach its ambition to become a net zero carbon entertainment venue.
The turbines, developed by Whitstable-based manufacturer Alpha 311, are able to spin and generate power with minimal air movement – even a gentle breeze or a passing car. Each unit is made from recycled plastic and weighs about 4kgs, but the design could be scaled up to help generate as much electricity as 20 square metres of solar panels.