In September 2006, Ar_Arq_Ireland in association with sub-consultants Buro Happold Ltd conducted a feasibility study for the wind turbines on behalf of Dublin City Council. The study was part-funded (80%) by Sustainable Energy Ireland, with the remainder by Dublin City Council. The wind turbines were erected in February 2008. Now that the construction works are completed, the process of commissioning and monitoring of the turbines continues with energy generated being measured for different weather conditions over the next 12 months. As a result, in May 2010 real-time information will be provided on-line on the City Council’s website showing how much energy is generated as well as the Park’s contribution to annual CO2 savings for Dublin.
The turbines are estimated to save 320 tonnes of CO2 per annum. The turbines have a rotor diameter of 15 metres. The overall height of the turbine to blade tip is 32.5 metres.
The park, Fr. Collins Park, is an excellent resource for the community providing cycling, waking, skate boarding etc. Although at a total cost of €20 Million it would want to be good.
Thing is, I rarely see the turbines in operation. Yesterday evening all five were stopped in spite of a steady breeze. No sign of the real time web info either.
Anyone know why ?