Hydroelectric Plants in the UK - other

Belper
Location: Derbyshire, England
Operator: Belper Hydro
Configuration: 2 X 200 kW
Operation: 1990
T/G supplier: Gilkes

Photograph courtesy of Norweb
Posted 15 Jun 2003

Cwm Croesor Rebuild
Location: Gwynedd, Wales
Operator: RWE Innogy
Configuration: 1 X 500 kW Pelton
Operation: 1999
T/G supplier: Gilkes, Alconza
EPC: Dulas
Quick Facts: Cwm Croesor is in Snowdonia National Park in North Wales and began operations about 100yrs ago to power local slate quarries. The former exposed pipeline was replaced with an underground pipeline and the existing dam and powerhouse were refurbished. The location required particular care in the rebuilding effort with the use of stonewall terracing and geotextiles. The plant is connected to the local distribution grid with underground cables.

Photograph by Dan Crow (wikimedia)
Posted 20 Apr 2008

Maentwrog
Location: Gwynedd, Wales
Operator: Magnox Ltd
Configuration: 2 X 15 MW Francis
Operation: 1928
T/G supplier: Boving, EE
Quick Facts: The T/G sets have been rebuilt twice and the plant's capacity doubled. Ownership by Magnox is due to the fact that the now-retired Trawsfynydd NPP used the same lake for cooling water.

Photograph courtesy of British Nuclear Fuels Ltd
Posted 13 Jun 2004

Scandale Beck
Location: Cumbria
Operator: Ellergreen Hydro Ltd
Configuration: 1 X 90 kW Pelton
Operation: 2015
T/G supplier: Gilkes
EPC: Ellergreen, Grant Ltd
Quick Facts: This SHP near Ambleside was built from Jan to Nov 2015.

Photograph courtesy of Grant Ltd
Posted 4 Jun 2016

Talybont
Location: Wales
Operator: Talybont-on-Usk Energy
Configuration: 1 X 34 kW crossflow
Operation: 2006
T/G supplier: Valley Hydro, Marelli
EPC: Dulas Ltd
Quick Facts: This was the first community-based energy plant in Wales. ToUE was set-up in 2001 to restore hydropower generation at the Dwr Cymru Talybont Reservoir. The group secured funding for a detailed technical study and secured a grant for £90,000 for equipment and installation in a structure formerly used to provide power for the reservoir works. A 15yr lease was negotiated for the new minihydro power station.

Photograph courtesy of Talybont-on-Usk Energy
Posted 7 Jun 2006

Abbreviations

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 04-Jun-2016

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