26 Nov '17, 7am

Feasibility study funded for small hydropower project in England

Feasibility study funded for small hydropower project in England

The Staverton Hydro Community Benefit Society this week announced it is using a £20,000 (US$25,000) grant from the Rural Community Energy Fund to begin a feasibility study into replacing a long-closed small hydropower plant with a new 100-kW plant on the River Dart in Devon, England. Historical information indicates the original 50-kW Staverton Leat – a leat is an open watercourse conducting water to a mill – hydropower project was commissioned in the 1930s. The plant produced power for 40 years via two turbines, 15 kW and 35 kW, until it closed in the early 1970s. Project developer Tontes Renewable Energy Society (Tresoc) said it set up Staverton Hydro Community Benefit Society to co-develop the new plant in a joint venture with local developer, Hydrosense. If approved for construction, Tresoc said in addition to generating electricity from a single Archimedes screw hydro...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/hydro/2017/0...

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