07 December 2020


The team at Rampion Offshore Wind Farm’s Visitor Centre has shortlisted names for turbine F04, the first operational turbine installed in the array off the Sussex coast.

The shortlist of five names suggested by members of the public, includes:


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 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.


Click on this link https://bit.ly/F04name to vote or visit the Rampion Visitor Centre on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter pages @rampionvc to vote by midnight on Sunday 13th December. 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, bringing to life the story of climate change, renewable energy and our planet’s future, as well as covering the planning and construction of the offshore wind farm.


The Visitor Centre is part of the £4million Rampion Community Fund, voluntarily created for the Sussex community. It is now open for pre-booked visits at https://rampionoffshore.com


Media enquiries: Paula Seager, Natural PR at paula@naturalpr.biz or 01273 857242.


Photo Caption: Naming competition for Rampion’s first operational turbine F04