The turbine installed at Melbur is situated in the middle of the site and supplies low carbon electricity directly to the works. Operational data from its first year of operations show that the turbine has reduced imported electricity consumption at the site by 44%.
The Melbur site is situated on the back of the St Austell China Clay quarries of mid-Cornwall and is home to an asphalt plant, concrete products factory and quarry plant. From the aggregates removed by the china clay industry, Aggregate Industries produce a range of sustainable Cornish granite secondary construction materials, including single sized and graded aggregates, sub bases and specification fills and decorative stone.
By using electricity generated by the turbine directly at the site, the embedded carbon in all of the materials produced at Melbur is reduced.