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Mercedes-Benz spins the wind

Mercedes-Benz UK has installed a vertical axis wind turbine at its Tongwell site in Milton Keynes.

The 20 metre tall turbine is specially designed for urban spaces and spins wherever the wind comes from, thanks to its twisted design.

The electricity generated by the wind turbine in one year will be enough to power two average sized homes or an office of 20 people.

Wilfried Steffen, president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz UK, said: "Mercedes-Benz is taking the lead by installing this energy saving technology; we hope to inspire other local companies to do whatever they can to reduce their carbon footprint."

As part of its commitment to the environment, Mercedes-Benz UK is exploring how a combination of wind energy, ground-source heat pumps, rainwater harvesting and solar water heating could help achieve a longer term goal of generating 10% of its energy on site.

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