Our installations are eligible for the Feed in Tariff. We have installed around 60 small hydro systems across England, Scotland and Wales. Where a site has suitable designs and permissions we are pleased to quote to supply and install all electro-mechanical elements (turbines, generators, control equipment, etc). We also provide wider project management services.
With regard to feed in tariff eligibility (and especially for pre-accredited sites) timing is often difficult and crucial. We have an excellent track record of meeting deployment deadlines, including in some very demanding circumstances.
Here are some examples of our work:
TEILIAU BACH (2015)
This project faced an extremely demanding deadline. From appointment we had 6 months to commission two schemes (one of 37m on around 49m head and a second of 85kW on 21m). When we were appointed no construction works had begun and neither turbine had been ordered. We managed both projects to timely completion. It is very unusual for hydropower schemes to be installed in such rapid fashion but FiT regulations left no choice in this case and we proved that we have the skills and dedication required.
LAVERSTOKE MILL (2015)
Here we refurbished and commissioned an old open flume Francis turbine to produce 5kW for the new UK headquarters of Bombay Sapphire. Use of old machinery is an essential way of keeping costs down for some low output projects such as this. The scheme enjoys many visitors being part of the distillery visitor centre program.
ALPORT MILL (2009)
- Detailed design and specification for a new hydro scheme based at a listed historic mill in the Peak District National Park owned by Haddon Estates.
- Successful Environment Agency licensing, planning and grant applications.
- Procurement, installation and commissioning of a large crossflow turbine, control gear and other electro mechanical equipment.
The installed crossflow turbine produces 30kW on a head of 4.2m. The annual output is expected to be enough for roughly 70% of Alport village and will save over 100 tonnes of CO2 emissions every year. The turbine is contained within a part buried, disguised turbine house and cannot be heard more than a couple of meters away. The pictures below demonstrate how subtle hydro installations can be.
- Feasibility and design studies for a new hydropower system at a mill on the River Don, now a residential property (system specified to withstand a repeat of the severe flooding seen on the Don in the summer of 2007).
- Supporting role in the licensing and consenting processes.
- Procurement, installation and commissioning of an Archimedean screw turbine and associated electro mechanical equipment.
The installed screw turbine produces 9kW on a head of 3.4m. It is attached to the outside of the house in a former water wheel pit but is quiet enough not to disturb the home owners. The slow motion of a screw turbine means that fish pass through it unharmed and consequently it does not require fine screening of the water supply.