While some UK airports have objected to nearby wind farms, saying they pose a safety hazard to air traffic, East Midlands Airport has unveiled plans for a cluster of on-site turbines. The airport has lodged an application to build four 225 kW machines which, it claims, will generate 10% of the airport's energy. They will be sited away from the runway and other functional areas. The airport says it has sought advice from world leading safety assessment company Qinetiq and the Civil Aviation Authority to ensure the safety of its plans. The turbines will be installed by small development company Wind Direct, which specialises in on-site wind power for industrial customers. "The turbines will be a welcome addition to our suite of environmental measures and I hope that this initiative is something which the community and, indeed, the East Midlands region can feel proud of," says Penny Coates, East Midlands Airport Managing Director.
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