Parc Stormy has been redeveloped from a rundown brownfield site into a cluster of Interconnected Renewable Technologies. The concept is modelled on developments in Güssing, Austria, where a vibrant local economy has been created using renewable energy, natural resources and re-use of waste products in the local vicinity. This concept has been applied here at Parc Stormy.
Shortly after its acquisition in 2007, it was decided to use the site to commercialize a low-carbon technology invented through research at Cardiff University that focuses on converting mineral wastes from power stations and the steel industry into a new generation of low-carbon cement replacement.
In 2011, our first renewable energy investment was made in the form of a 750kW PV plant. In 2015 a 1.5MW wind turbine was commissioned and SOLCER House was built. In 2016 a 3MW Anaerobic Digestion plant was built by Agrivert. In 2016 planning was granted for a second larger wind turbine, and in 2018 a 4MW Tesla battery was installed on site. There are also several exciting future projects in the pipeline for Parc Stormy.
This cluster of green technologies offers a fantastic opportunity for education in sustainability and low-carbon energy production. Cenin Group is attempting to demonstrate that considerable local economic benefit and job creation can be achieved by SMEs simply by embracing collaborative approaches that are commonplace in Mainland Europe.
The History of Stormy Down
The site was originally built as an airfield to train both air and ground crews during the 1939-45 war. The grass airfield was located on the fields south of the site. More than 7,000 personnel were trained here.
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During the 1950s the site was used as a location for an early warning radar station, of which there were many spread across the UK. The radar was later decommissioned. The auxiliary fire service were based here during the 1960s. In the late 1970s the site was used as a resettlement centre. From 1980-2010 a Sunday market and car boot sale was held at Parc Stormy, and from 1990-2005 a go cart track was in operation inside one of the large hangers. Cenin acquired the site in 2007 in a poor condition littered with rubbish and derelict structures. After clearing up and refurbishment, the original hangers became the cement factory and drying sheds.