Abbey Wood’s Crossness to cut back on carbon footprint

PUBLISHED: 13:23 27 December 2012

Crossness sewage works in Abbey Wood

Crossness sewage works in Abbey Wood


Abbey Wood sewage works station Crossness is set to harness the power of the breeze to improve its carbon footprint, Thames Water has announced.

A £5 million wind turbine will be whirling by this time next year at the site which treats the sewage of 2.5m people. It will be the first such location in London to boast a turbine.

In good weather the 78.5 metre-high apparatus will provide enough energy to power 1,300 homes.

John Gilbert, Thames Water’s energy and carbon manager, said: “This will make Crossness the only sewage treatment works in Britain to harness the power of the wind, the sun and of human waste.

“Our green energy activities generally involve us using parts of our sites that would otherwise stand redundant.”

The turbine at Crossness is part of a wider programme by Thames Water to expand its renewable energy production.

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