Mercedes-Benz has installed an innovative 20m tall, vertical axis wind turbine – one of only six in the country – at its site in Tongwell,
The turbine is specially designed for urban spaces, and spins whatever direction the wind comes from thanks to its helical design. Its carbon fibre blades are designed to reduce noise and vibration.
Mercedes-Benz intends to use the energy it produces to charge electric cars via charging points installed next to the turbine. The company estimates the electricity generated in one year will be enough to power its electric Smart ForTwos for 30,000 miles (48,000km).
London-based Quiet Revolutions, who develop and supply renewable energy solutions, especially small wind products designed for use at the point of energy demand, manufactured the turbine.