Wind replaces diesel on Sealand

FuturEnergy has supplied micro wind turbines that will replace diesel generators as the sole source of power for Sealand, the world’s smallest nation


Stratford-upon-Avon based FuturEnergy has supplied micro wind turbines that will replace diesel generators as the sole source of power for Sealand.



The independent Principality of Sealand situated on a remote Second World War North Sea naval fort has until now been dependant on costly and polluting diesel-generators.



Formerly known as HM Fort Roughs, a Maunsell Sea Fort constructed in 1942 six miles off the Suffolk coast, Sealand is home up to 20 semi-permanent residents and a base for a range of commercial enterprises.



The two FuturEnergy wind turbines, each costing just £695, replace a diesel powered generator station damaged in a major fire on the fort in 2006. Mounted on five-metre tall masts, some 29-metres above the surface of the sea, the turbines were installed as part of an on-going £250,000 repair and refurbishment programme by the Basingstoke-based property renovation specialist, Church & East.



Subject to almost continuous winds including gusts in excess of Storm Force 12, the two turbines operate at well above their one-kilowatt rated capacity and generate sufficient electricity to cover the isolated community’s daily requirements including powering lights and all its essential business equipment and domestic appliances. Wood burning stoves provide the fort’s main source of heating, with containerised gas used for cooking.



In order to cope with the ferocity and constancy of the North Sea winds and the subsequent constant generation of unexpectedly high levels of power, slight modification and upgrading of the turbines was required during initial trials. Since then the turbines have provided the sole form of power to the community, relegating the diesel generators to a standby emergency role only, with no diesel purchased for over 12-months.