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Scattergood & Johnson has played a key role in the development of an efficient new wind turbine designed to help UK farmers generate extra revenue.

The British-built Harbon HWT 60 turbine maximises output by generating electricity in a wider range of wind conditions that most of its rivals. It provides an extra income source for farmers under a government tariff scheme, with surplus electricity fed into the National Grid.

Scattergoods, sole UK distributor for Italian manufacturer EXOR, provides UniOP TFT HMI control panels and new JMobile software for the turbine, which is being installed on the Isle of Coll in the Inner Hebrides for Harbon Wind Turbines’ first customer.

The UniOP eTOP 413 13.3” wide-screen TFT display, which provides WXGA resolution and full vector graphic capabilities, sits in a control cabinet at the base of the wind turbine mast and provides live information on wind speed and direction, rotor speed and power output.

Incorporating EXOR’s new JMobile software, the display can be accessed by the turbine owner via the internet from anywhere in the world, by computer or smartphone.

“EXOR’s HMI panels and software are extremely flexible and can be customised to provide a wide range of user-friendly applications  in many industries,” says Robert Hargreaves, Managing Director of Scattergood & Johnson. “We are delighted to be involved in the development of this new generation of efficient wind turbines.”

By altering the rotor speed according to wind conditions, the 60 kW turbine can generate electricity in a wider range of conditions than is usually the case.

HWT director Dave Harbon says: “We can control the speed of rotation and that’s relatively unusual for a medium-size turbine - other designs tend to run on the synchronous speed of the supply operating the gearing. We can vary that speed to maximise output compared to wind speed.”

The firm was asked to develop the turbine by one of its clients, Doncaster farmer Richard Crowe. Now a business partner in the venture, he had been investigating the potential of renewable energy from both an environmental and business perspective.

“I brought a turbine in from China, but it just wasn’t up to the job. I asked Harbons if they could help and encouraged them to produce their own design for the market.”

Harbon’s first turbine was been installed on Richard’s farm near Tickhill, Doncaster, and is performing well. He says: “They have delivered a very well-engineered piece of machinery. I’ve been very impressed - I think it’s got tremendous potential.”

Harbon Wind Turbines is now handling several serious enquiries from other landowners. Dave says: “A lot of people in the agricultural world have been waiting for the right product to come along and now we are able to offer a solution.

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