• Nov
    12
    2014

    New Powerspout diary blog online

    A Powerspout PLT owner has published a diary of their experiences of the turbine - there are some excellent tips and info on there. Well worth a read.

    http://www.water-to-wire.blogspot.co.uk/

    Another powerspout system blog (that I've mentioned before) is here: http://powerspouts.wordpress.com/

  • Oct
    29
    2014

    New hydropower system installed

    A new hydropower system at an old mill site in the South Pennines has been installed. The site uses 3 Powerspout Turgo turbines, using around 8 l/s each on 7 metres of head. Output (with 2 machines running) was around 860 Watts when I visited.

    The system was designed by Andrew Menzies of 350 Energy.

    More information.

  • Oct
    10
    2014

    Saddleworth Community Hydro update

     

    Saddleworth Community Hydro spent 5 years working with United Utilities to install a 51 kW cross flow turbine at Dove Stone Reservoir, Oldham. This is a high head scheme which uses the compensation water United Utilities is already obliged to release in order to maintain the river. A new turbine house was constructed and bespoke pipework was needed to connect the turbine to the existing compensation flow outlets. The site also had the advantage of a nearby connection to the grid. 
    The scheme was approximately half funded by shareholders and half by funded by a grant from Defra’s Rural Carbon Challenge Fund totalling about £500k. The provision of a grant means that there is no eligibility for Feed in Tariff, but we do get LECs and ROCs.
    We believe this to be the first community scheme of its kind in England. Following our success  United Utilities are interested in working with local groups at similar sites in the Pennines. Further details are on our website www.saddleworthcommunityhydro.co.uk

     

    Saddleworth Community Hydro spent 5 years working with United Utilities to install a 51 kW cross flow turbine at Dove Stone Reservoir, Oldham. This is a high head scheme which uses the compensation water United Utilities is already obliged to release in order to maintain the river. A new turbine house was constructed and bespoke pipework was needed to connect the turbine to the existing compensation flow outlets. The site also had the advantage of a nearby connection to the grid. 

    The scheme was approximately half funded by shareholders and half by funded by a grant from Defra’s Rural Carbon Challenge Fund totalling about £500k. The provision of a grant means that there is no eligibility for Feed in Tariff, but we do get LECs and ROCs.

    We believe this to be the first community scheme of its kind in England. Following our success  United Utilities are interested in working with local groups at similar sites in the Pennines. Further details are on our website www.saddleworthhydro.co.uk

  • Jan
    07
    2014

    New EA guidelines for hydropower - January 2014

    The EA has released the new hydropower guidelines for low and high head systems - here's the text from them:

    We received many comments on the options that we presented in the consultation and have taken these into account in our review of the guidance. We have also considered the feedback to our earlier hydropower consultation in 2011.

     We have now completed our review and have produced revised hydropower guidance for England which is available on our website here. Revised hydropower guidance for Wales is being prepared by Natural Resources Wales and will be published on  their website shortly.

     This guidance is important for anyone developing or designing a run-of-river hydropower scheme in England and will inform our pre-application advice for new hydropower developments. Permit applications for hydropower developments which we receive and accept as valid from 1 April 2014 will be determined on the basis of this guidance. 

    Please feel free to circulate this information to any groups or individuals you know who may have an interest in our hydropower work.

    Do you have any enquiries?

    Further enquiries should be directed to hydropowerGPG@environment-agency.gov.uk 

    Regards,  

    Hydropower Project Team

     

  • Oct
    07
    2013

    New hydropower licence application charges - consultation from EA

    I urge anyone interested in microhydro to comment on the new consultation from the EA - licence costs set to increase from £135 to £1,500 in April 2014. Justifiable in larger schemes when a lot of EA time is taken up - but for small high head schemes using less than 10l/s (and much less than QMean)? The increase alone is more than 10% of typical project costs... With planning application costs (£385 + Maps etc) and ecological survey costs (depends on what's needed - £250-£1,000) for microhydro it means that just to find out if you can install a scheme the cost will be well over £2,000 upfront (not including the costs/time of completing the various applications).

    https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/portal/ho/finance/charges2014/charges2014

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