The University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) in the UK has secured European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) to offer a free feasibility study to farmers, landowners and businesses in the north west considering investing in wind turbines.
The feasibility study, carried out by UCLAN’s IsWind-Tech team, includes a visit from the renewable energy experts to assess the land, wind conditions and the potential for energy generation of a specific plot.
And now, as part of a new relationship with progressive renewable energy systems providers UFW Ltd, the technical experts are also in a position to advise potential investors on further options for the best wind turbine available for their land and position.
The collaboration marries the most sophisticated renewables systems on the market with the technical expertise of UCLAN’s dedicated specialists and, farmers and landowners will have access to quality, free advice and reporting.
UCLAN’s IsWind-Tech service consists of a host of energy experts who are in a position to provide guidance on which small and medium-sized turbines are suitable for different types of land free of charge, enabling investors to make an informed decision.
“Due diligence is key in our business, and we urge potential investors to seek consultative and professional advice on feasibility," David Taylor from UFW. "This is an excellent scheme for those who have considered an investment in wind technology, but have been put off by initial investigative costs.”
UFW’s distribution of the most advanced wind turbine technology has been seen in their partnership with EC Wind, who provides small and medium-sized turbines with technology usually reserved for much larger turbines.
Its systems proactively protect the turbine from adverse weather conditions with minimal noise being emitted. Each product also comes with a seven year warranty, the time period during which investors would normally see a return on capital investment due to the system’s efficiency.
“Working with UFW has meant we have been able to gain specific industry insight into a cutting-edge business with the latest technology," said UCLAN’s Dr George Michael Hall. "This gives greater credibility to the valuable facts and advice provided by our experts. The accessibility of such information is an excellent resource for landowners”