Name the first working turbine in Sussex wind farm: here are the nominees

The Rampion Wind Farm is naming the first working turbine - and you can vote for the winning choice.

Monday, 7th December 2020, 1:52 pm
Updated Monday, 7th December 2020, 1:56 pm

The team at Rampion Offshore Wind Farm’s Visitor Centre has shortlisted names for turbine F04, the first operational turbine installed in the farm off the Sussex coast, inviting the public to vote for their favourite here.

The shortlist of five names suggested by members of the public, includes the following, with information provided by a spokesman for the wind farm:

"The Martlet, suggested first by David Hammond from Hassocks, is already a familiar symbol of Sussex, appearing on the county flag, in street and place names as well as being the name of a well-known local charity. The Martlet is a heraldic symbol, a mythical footless bird that is always on the move. Our turbines are always moving, always progressing to a brighter, cleaner and greener future. A fitting name for our first turbine.

The Rampion wind farm. Picture: DCoolimages.com

"The Knucker, was suggested by Charanjit Sidhu from Hayes in Middlesex. The word ‘Knucker’ comes from the Anglo-Saxon word ‘nicor’, which directly translates to ‘water dragon’; they can be found in bottomless pools of water known as a Knuckerhole in Sussex. The team liked the connection to Sussex and to the water, and who doesn’t love dragons?!

"Veranzio Turbine, suggested by the Year 7 eco club, EcOathall at Oathall Community College, Lindfield. Fausto Veranzio was a Croatian inventor interested in science and engineering. He described one of the first ever wind turbine designs in his book Machinae Novae published in 1616. He also wrote about solar and water energy; truly ahead of his time.

"Revolution, suggested by Graham Bradley from Peacehaven was shortlisted because it symbolises the revolution in energy production which is currently taking place in the world, and thanks to Rampion, locally in Sussex. Every Rampion turbine produces green energy and every single 'revolution' of a Rampion turbine could power an average UK house for almost half a day.

"Hope was proposed by several people in Sussex and was shortlisted because the Rampion Visitor Team believes that the Rampion wind turbines stand for the hope that we can decarbonise our electricity supply with renewable energy and change to a more sustainable and harmonious relationship with our planet.

The Rampion Visitor Centre team. Picture: DCoolimages.com

To vote, use the link above or visit the Rampion Visitor Centre on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter pages @rampionvc to vote by midnight on Sunday, December 13.

The winning name will be displayed on the turbine.

The Rampion Offshore Wind Farm was named by school girls at Davison High School who won a competition in 2010 calling it after Rampion, the county flower of Sussex.

The Rampion Visitor Centre was opened in September in The Kings Road arches in Brighton, Sussex, bringing to life the story of the offshore wind farm's construction. It is part of the £4million Rampion Community Fund, voluntarily created for the Sussex community. It is now open for pre-booked visits here.