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Green powered office supply

A Lagerwey wind turbine is to power the Eco Centre -- a demonstration project in Jarrow, northern England to show how sustainable architecture can be used for commercial buildings.

A wind turbine is the latest feature to be added to the constantly moving Tyneside skyline of ships and cranes. Euro MP Alan Donnelly switched on an 80 kW Dutch Lagerwey machine in July which is to power the Eco Centre -- an environmentally friendly office block by the banks of the Tyne in Jarrow. The centre is a demonstration project to show how sustainable architecture can be used for commercial buildings, explains Lionel Hehir of the Groundwork Trust, which plans to occupy one of the centre's office units. "It shows that traditional construction married with most appropriate technology and with alternative energy systems can provide the way forward." The turbine is Lagerwey's second machine to be imported into the UK. The first has been operating for four years in North Yorkshire.

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