Cumbria's steepest hydro electric scheme nears completion
Cumbria's steepest hydro electric scheme on the mountain slopes above Thirlmere reservoir, is nearing completion. Fisherplace Hydro, on the banks of Helvellyn, has a 2 in 1 gradient, and once live, will be able to generate enough electricity to power 700 homes.
Work has been taking place for the past then months, and the scheme is now three quarters of the way through its construction. It is expected to be up and running by September 2016.
Ellergreen Hydro has been building hydro-electric schemes in Cumbria for the past five years, and is delivering the project on land leased from United Utilities (UU).
Adam Cropper, from Ellergreen Hydro, said: "This is certainly one the most technically challenging schemes we have undertaken, due to the extremely steep gradient. We've had to use helicopters at certain stages in the construction, to overcome the terrain.
"However, that steepness is ideal for generating electricity, as it means we can obtain a high water pressure to drive the turbine. We have already begun reinstating the land where we have laid the pipe, and it should green over nice and quickly - effectively removing any trace of the construction work."
Ken Longshaw, area business manager for UU, said: "The water in this scheme is used twice. First, it's channelled into a pipe at the top of the mountain and used to generate electricity. Then the water flows down into Thirlmere reservoir, before being treated and piped to homes and businesses."
- UU to replace Liverpool's four 150-year old water supply mains United Utilities (UU) is investing £6M to replace four huge mains which have been supplying water to Liverpool since... Read More >
- United Utilities fined £666K for polluting river with raw sewage United Utilities (UU) has been ordered to pay a fine of £666,000 after pleading guilty to polluting a river with untreated... Read More >
- BIM proves vital for pipework at Liverpool WwTW Almost 400m of very large diameter, fabricated steel and ductile iron pipework has all been completed using Building... Read More >
- Where there's muck, there’s brass Tim Broadhurst, CCO of CooperOstlund, on utilising sewage and sludge as a renewable energy feedstock and how to maximise... Read More >
- Going green at Severn Trent's Minworth STW With a £60 million investment aimed at producing 30 per cent more green energy from its largest sewage treatment works,... Read More >
- Veolia putting efficiency into effect As part of Anglian Water's Energy Efficiency and Optimisation framework, Veolia is using its global experience to assist... Read More >
- Finding value in liquid waste streams Matt Hale, international sales and marketing director at HRS Heat Exchangers, looks at how value can be extracted from... Read More >
- Innovation Zone: Boosting biogas production Regulatory changes mean that now is a good time for technologies that can help boost biogas production from sludge. Here... Read More >