New York City’s Green Asphalt is first in US to use Alpha 311 wind turbines
Socially responsible New York City asphalt manufacturer Green Asphalt will be the first company in the United States to use a new breed of compact vertical axis wind turbines. The deal comes hot on the heels of the announcement that London’s iconic O2 Arena will be the first venue in the world to install British start up Alpha 311’s unique turbines. Green Asphalt manufactures 100% recycled asphalt using reclaimed material, and specialises in green infrastructure and development projects. It has ordered 54 turbines, which can generate enough power to meet the energy needs of 43 average American homes. The power generated by these compact, yet powerful turbines will be for lighting, asphalt production and Green Asphalt’s recycling operation. The units will be placed on rooftops, alongside a new bulkhead and along the plant’s perimeter wall. Green Asphalt is one of the only 100% recycled asphalt plants in the world and recycles 200,000 tonnes of asphalt per year. Alpha 311 has recently been listed in a prestigious list of Europe's top 100 sustainability start ups, so this is a common sense partnership that will help guide Green Asphalt and other forward thinking businesses towards a future of 100% carbon free electricity. The turbines will be installed at Green Asphalt’s NYC plant in summer 2021. Green Asphalt vice president Jim McMurray said, ‘Our entire team is excited about exploring the opportunity and potential relationship with Alpha 311. Powering our 100% recycled asphalt plant with wind would be groundbreaking. Six months ago we never would have imagined it being possible, and now it is starting to become a reality.’ Alpha 311 CEO Barry Thompson added, ‘It feels fitting that the first US company to embrace our technology is based in New York City, which has been a centre for innovation for decades. It is a wonderful the way our small British company has been embraced by the US. We are excited to see how much of a difference we can make to a company that is already committed to making the world a greener place. This is another exciting step into the future of local and distributed 100% carbon free electricity generation.’
The O2 Arena in London will be the first venue in the world to trial the innovative vertical axis wind turbines.