Planning applications have been submitted today to allow a wind farm to be constructed in Bishop Burton. Unlike conventional wind farms using turbines mounted in exposed sites, the Bishop Burton wind farm uses a new heat exchanger technology that exploits the temperature difference between the air in the middle of the village and the air in the higher reaches of the village.

The turbines only generate 94 decibels of noise, equivalent to that of a small motor scooter passing through the village. They will be located at strategic locations within the village - outside the village hall, the Altisidora and the main hall of the college. Operating like a gentle Dyson vacuum cleaner, the turbines will transfer warm air up to the high spots of the village e.g. the top of the church and Cold Harbour farm. The air will then be used to heat rain water that will be piped into a new hot water supply for the village. Residents can subscribe to this new hot water service and the first ten subscribers will get a 75% discount (see link below). Any residual energy will be fed back into the National Grid. The Mere will be used as a "heat sink" to even out demands across the day and across the seasons. The developers are also intending to use the backbone of the new supply network to offer an alternative broadband service in the village.

The plans will go before the Parish Council and the developers are seeking a commitment from the Council that sufficient warm air will be generated in the village to allow it to be "farmed".The new project will not create any new jobs in the village but it is rumoured that many more parish councillors will be needed in order to maintain the required supply of hot air.

For further information and to express your opinion on the planning application please click here.


#2 Worried...???Rebecca Dinsdale 2010-04-02 15:51
:-) This was mentioned to me by a villager, I think you fooled them!!
#1 I love itDyane Jones 2010-04-01 21:22
Brilliant Bryn :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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