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Wind farms could boost net speeds

- Renewable Energy · Wind Power · Energy · Environmental Economics · Business · Industries · Statkraft · Thurso

More res­i­dents and busi­nesses in the far north could ben­e­fit from bet­ter broad­band cover thanks to a re­new­able en­ergy com­pany.

Statkraft has al­ready had en­cour­ag­ing re­sults from a fea­si­bil­ity study about its plans to build a wind farm near Melvich in north Suther­land.

This sug­gests nearly 250 prop­er­ties would see faster speeds if the 14-tur­bine de­vel­op­ment at Ack­ron gets the goa­head.

The im­prove­ment would be brought about by the wire­less tech­nol­ogy serv­ing the tur­bines be­ing de­ployed to pro­vide high-speed

“Ben­e­fits could be spread to busi­nesses and homes within a 10km ra­dius”

in­ter­net links for lo­cal prop­er­ties with­out the need for phone or ca­ble lines.

Now the Nor­we­gian state-owned util­ity has agreed to ex­tend the trial to its ex­ist­ing wind farm at Bail­lie, west of Thurso.

Mon­ster­net, which car­ried out the Ack­ron study, be­lieves the ben­e­fits could be spread to homes and busi­nesses within a 10km ra­dius with an un­ob­structed view of one of the net­work repeater masts.

It is con­fi­dent this could pro­vide con­sis­tent data down­load and up­load speeds of up to 40 megabits per sec­ond.

Fer­gus Weir, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Easter Ross-based Mon­ster­net, de­scribes the po­ten­tial im­pact as “trans­for­ma­tional”.

Statkraft’s Ali­son Hood said: “We are al­ways happy to re­spond pos­i­tively to ideas aimed at ben­e­fit­ing the com­mu­nity and have now com­mis­sioned a High­land-based com­pany to carry out the stud­ies.

“Us­ing tech­nol­ogy at wind farm sites could be an ex­tremely ef­fec­tive way of en­hanc­ing broad­band pro­vi­sion.”

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