Lincoln Electric, a designer, developer and manufacturer of arc welding products, has installed a utility-scale wind turbine at its headquarters in Euclid, Ohio. The 2.5 MW turbine, manufactured by Germany-based Kenersys, is expected to generate up to 10% of the energy used for Lincoln Electric's main plant and save up to $500,000 a year in energy costs, according to the company.
The project evolved out of a partnership between Lincoln Electric and the Great Lakes Energy Development Task Force, which aims to create a viable market for renewable energy in northeast Ohio.
The turbine's three fiberglass-reinforced polymer blades were produced in Poland by LM Windpower. Lincoln Electric broke ground in March, and tower erection began in June.
‘The tower represents important cost savings, as well as our commitment to integrating renewable energy sources, among other ongoing green initiatives, into our manufacturing processes,’ says George Blankenship, president of Lincoln Electric North America. ‘It stands as a visible symbol of Lincoln Electric's commitment to the wind tower industry by showcasing the benefits our welding solutions offer to a prominent, fast-growing business segment.’
A portion of funding for the $5.9 million project came from a $350,000 loan from Cuyahoga County, while another $1.125 million in funds came from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 via a state energy program grant from the Ohio Department of Development and the U.S. Department of Energy. Lincoln Electric funded the remainder of the cost.