School children wonder at wind farm technology

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Over 130 local school children were given a chance to see the inner-workings of a wind turbine at a recent visit to Earl Hall Farm wind farm, near Clacton-on-Sea.

The open-day was organised by wind farm operator BayWa r.e. UK, with year five and six pupils from Cann Hall, Frobisher and St Osyth Primary Schools enjoying an exclusive tour of the wind turbine site. Stilt-walking performers from Rowanbank helped keep the children entertained on their visit, which included a Q&A session with BayWa r.e. staff and a prize-giving for a ‘Name the Turbine’ competition.

The winners of the competition were Oliver and Charlie from Cann Hall Primary School who named turbines ‘Boreas’ and ‘Blower’, and Jack at St Osyth Primary School who christened a turbine ‘Electra’. Each of the winners received an official naming certificate and a wind farm picture puzzle. 

Oliver, a year five pupil at Cann Hall Primary School, said: “I wanted to name a turbine Boreas because it is the Greek name for northern winds. I was really happy to win and had a brilliant time looking at the wind turbine. My favourite bit was going inside the big tower and seeing how it all worked.”

Cann Hall Primary School Office Manager Colin Edwards said: “Year 5 were treated to a very special excursion to Clacton’s newest big attraction - the wind farm on the nearby Earl’s Hall Estate. Thanks go to Rowanbank and BayWa r.e. for organising an excellent morning as well as paying for the coach transport to get both classes there and back.

“As well as getting up close to the turbines, the children were treated to drinks and biscuits, a quizzical puzzle trail and they got a thorough grounding in where our energy comes from and what we can do to help the planet by reducing our usage.”

Katy Hogg, project manager at Bay Wa r.e. UK, said:  “Days like this give children the chance to find out a bit more about how our electricity is produced and why it’s important to use renewable energy sources like wind farms – and have some fun at the same time. Earls Hall Farm wind farm will be a part of the local community for the next 25 years, producing enough electricity to annually power around 6,300 UK homes. It’s been great to be able to share some of what we do with local school children who will grow up with this wind farm in their area.”

Earls Hall Farm wind farm began producing electricity in late 2012. The five turbines are expected to generate more than 30 GWh of renewable energy annually; equivalent to the electricity consumption of more than 6,300 homes in Great Britain. Earls Hall Farm Wind Farm will contribute to the UK’s sustainability target of a 20% carbon reduction in energy by 2020.

About BayWa r.e. renewable energy GmbH: 

BayWa r.e. renewable energy GmbH, a 100% subsidiary of BayWa AG (Munich), is responsible for BayWa group’s renewable energy business. BayWa r.e. was founded in 2009 and acts as a holding company for various business interests in the areas of solar, wind energy, bio-energy and geothermal energy. 

BayWa r.e.’s business activities range from project development and realisation to retail and consulting services. The company covers the entire spectrum of technical plant support services. If desired, it can also undertake the commercial and technical operations management of plants. The company has an international focus with its core markets in Europe and the USA.

BayWa AG, Munich, is a listed trading company operating on an international platform. Its main business sectors are agriculture, building materials and energy.