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Electric storm in central London

London's first wind turbine has been installed smack in the centre of the capital on the South Bank, between the Royal Festival Hall and the London Eye, the world's largest observation wheel. The turbine will be in place for four months to provide power for "Shell Electric Storm," an installation of colour, light, mist and sound among the trees lining the South Bank that changes as it reacts with the weather.

Installation of the Vestas 225 kW turbine was led by Renewable Energy Systems. It involved constructing a unique foundation design with piles going down 27 metres. Thousands of tourists will see the wind turbine and more than 100,000 commuters will pass it every day on trains into Charing Cross station.

Clive Mather, chairman of Shell UK, says that Shell Electric Storm demonstrates the power that comes from just one wind turbine. "Our support for the project is part of our ongoing commitment to develop renewable energy sources and to bring wider understanding and awareness of their importance." The attraction runs over the winter months until February.

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