Wednesday, July 29th, 2009
The City of Cockburn is to host a $1.05 million national small wind turbine testing facility – the only one of its kind in Australia – at the Henderson Waste Recovery Park.

Murdoch University’s Research Institute for Sustainable Energy (RISE) will independently test small wind turbines for performance, noise and durability to internationally-recognised testing standards at the facility.

Funded by the Federal Government over a three-year period, the site will be one of several international testing centres.

“This initiative will significantly assist the development of the small wind turbine industry within Australia and increase the profile of wind power as an option for domestic power production,” Cockburn Mayor Logan K Howlett said.

“Wind power can create a cost-effective, clean energy source, helping to create a sustainable long-term future.

“Wind turbines generate power without using fossil fuels or producing greenhouse gases, which helps to reduce the impact of climate change.

“The Henderson Waste Recovery Park is an ideal location for the testing facility, given its other sustainability initiatives such as the domestic waste transfer station, methane power generation and a new Cockburn Recyclables Co-op Shop set to open soon.”

RISE National Small Wind Turbine Centre Director Dr Jonathan Whale said the number of small wind turbine manufacturers around the world had dramatically increased in the past few years – but the lack of tested products has been one of the main barriers to industry growth.

“The new testing facility will assist the development of the industry by offering manufacturers affordable, independent testing of wind turbines for durability, as well as acoustic and power performance,” he said.

“Turbines that pass the tests will be awarded a consumer label, allowing potential buyers to easily compare products and choose a wind turbine that is suitable for their specific requirements.”

windturbine.jpeg: Cockburn Mayor Logan K Howlett with National Small Wind Turbine Centre Manager Bernie Brix and Director Dr Jonathan Whale at the Research Institute for Sustainable Energy.

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City of Cockburn

The City of Cockburn celebrates its 30th birthday in 2009, regarded as one of Perth’s fastest growing and culturally-diverse local governments.

With a population of about 80,000, it has grown into one of Perth’s most dynamic and successful areas. The population is made up of a large percentage of children, families and seniors, and a large percentage of people born overseas (28.8%).

As a developing city, Cockburn has a good mix of residential, rural and conservation areas and has more than 2000 businesses. The City of Cockburn, as a council, has a continuing mission to make the area the most attractive place to live, work and visit in the metropolitan area.
Chris Thomas
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Wind turbines to be tested in City of Cockburn


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