Tulla’s sound of silence

Wind power: The turbine in Tullamarine.TULLAMARINE is home to what is claimed to be Australia’s first “virtually silent” wind turbine.

The 20-metre turbine, after being in development for 12 months, was unveiled last week at a private business near Melbourne Airport.

It was developed by Eco Whisper Turbines, a subsidiary of Renewable Energy Solutions Australia (RESA).

The $136,000 turbine, the first of four to be built at the site within the next year, powers a nearby manufacturing venue.

RESA business development manager Michael LeMessurier said: “It’s virtually silent. Wind isn’t silent but the turbine is very quiet.”

He said so far there had been no negative reaction from the public.

“I think a lot of people have negative attitudes because of large utility-style turbines and the associated health effects,” he said.

“But because this one is silent it addresses the key concerns, which is noise. Noone wants something noisy in their area. But because it’s not close to residents [houses] … there aren’t many noise complaints or considerations with this product.”

Once the four turbines are complete, they will provide 20per cent of the power for the manufacturing business.

Mr Wright said his client wanted an environmental solution to reduce the company’s power bill.

Because the turbine is on airport land, it had to be approved by the federal government.