The Engineering Club<br>From Flour to Power: Small Scale Hydro Retrofit
Anthony Battersby and Rachel Feilden, co-founders of Mendip Power Group, started reinstating Tellisford Mill on the river Frome in 2002. It was typical of thousands of redundant mill races in the country. Tellisford Mill began generating in January 2007 and is now approaching 1,000,000kWh ‘green’ electricity. Since then they have formed River Energy Networks to make implementing hydro easier. This talk describes how they brought Tellisford Mill back to life and their work encouraging similar schemes in the UK.
There are over 25,000 run of river hydro sites in England and Wales. The introduction of the Feed in Tariff has improved the financial incentive, but bureaucracy is still stifling the uptake for hydro. It takes up to 2 years to obtain a licence and in some parts of the country grid connection is problematic. River Energy Networks won a grant from NESTA to build a web site that will provide information and contacts to help people wishing to develop hydro sites.
Followed by a drinks reception. CPD certificates available. Free to attend.