With three days left of the month we have just passed our highest monthly production total since we started back in September - see the totals on the right hand side of your screen.
Thursday, 25 December 2008
Archie spun his way through Christmas day producing 49 kilowatts of electricity an hour.
Already this year over 84,000 Kilowatt hours of electricity have been produced enough to have cooked your Christmas dinner 50,000 times over.
Happy Christmas to you all from Archie and The Directors of Torrs Hydro New Mills
Thursday, 18 December 2008
Tuesday, 16 December 2008
When the opportunity arose to promote a local scheme, she was keen to become actively involved. Lorrie is particularly keen to help develop communications in the community and with shareholders, and to promote initiatives to pump-prime renewables, both to students and the population at large.
She has lived in New Mills for over 15 years and works part time at The University of Manchester.
Our friends up at Settle who are attempting to install a similar community run Hydro scheme would like some assistance in convincing their local planning department of the ongoing benefits of such schemes; renewable energy, benefits to community projects, a positive additional focus on local rivers, attracting many new visitors to name but a few - the main concerns in the initial planning rejection relate to the fish population - considerable testing in controlled environments has taken place with no negative impact to the fish population.
Below is the link where you can add your comments to help support the scheme :-
Ann Harding who is Chair of Settle Hydro says,
"If you have 60 seconds to spare could you please, please, follow the link above and
register your comments in support of the Settle Hydro Planning application. WE NEED
AS MANY AS POSSIBLE , as soon as possible, so please forward to anyone else on your
address list who may help .
That is, of course, if you believe in clean green electricity, produced in a
sustainable safe way (its very very very safe for the fishes too), with minimal
visual impact (all you'll see is a small stone clad building the size of a garden
shed - the screw is near the mill race - not in the middle of the river or on the
fish pass!!) tackling CO2 emissions, and with a fair division of profits between
shareholders and community. Please support this project which isn't just asking for
more and more grant and public money - but making a positive sustainable
business which will support other projects for tens of years to come.
If you don't do anything else for the world this Christmas please do this!!"
Thursday, 11 December 2008
Wednesday, 10 December 2008
Monday, 8 December 2008
Over the next couple of weeks I'll introduce the new team that was voted in at this years AGM - we're a mixed bag to say the least, but with a combination of skills to build on the success of 2008 - firstly let me introduce Will Griffin with a few of his own words :
Friday, 5 December 2008
This Saturday between 10:30am and 3:30pm at the Providence United Reform Church, Mellor Road, New Mills a group of local artists will be exhibiting and demonstrating their work, so come along and say hello.
Thursday, 4 December 2008
Wednesday, 3 December 2008
Production days 27 Non production days 3
2.5 days shutdown due to brake/sluice and power disconnect issues (10-11/11),
0.5 days shutdown due to electrical disconnects (16/11)
Total electricity produced 24.2 MWh
896.3 kWh average per production day (27), 806.6 kWh average per calendar day (30)
37.4 kW per hour per production day (27), 33.6 kW per hour per calendar day (30)
Daily - ongoing manual and visual system checks, adhoc intake and fish pass clearing and bi-weekly mechanical checks and greasing performed by New Mills volunteers – additional intake clearing was required in November due to the amount of falling leaves
10-11 November – Replacement PCB supplied and tested after brake/power disconnect issues
16 November – tested auto shutdown.
In December we will be starting our landscaping project and also connecting the engine house to the New Mills Heritage Centre to allow a remote view of what is happening with the screw.
So far (December 4) since the screw started it has produced over 63 MWh of electricity.