Thursday, 26 June 2008
Wednesday, 25 June 2008
Carefully being moved into position the frame for the stone archway.
My thanks go to Alan Jennings for these great pictures.
Tuesday, 24 June 2008
At this stage of the project it was time to open up the tail race out into the main river by breaking through the existing mill wall that had retained the river for the past 150 years. This in itself brings challenges as two diggers had to be lowered into the River Goyt (suitably above water to ensure environment agency guidelines are maintained) and then a process of removing years of debris and ensuring the correct depth for the exit.
Monday, 23 June 2008
What a hectic place the site is at the moment - and not only so much happening form a construction point of view there are lots of interesting things for the public to watch as well.
Today we lowered two diggers into the River Goyt to enable the tail gate to be suitably formed (removing years of debris and creating the exit channel).
The debris is the lifted from the river in a skip using a large crane - at the same time this is happening the remaining railway sleepers are being hoisted out of the concrete run and stacked ready for sale.
Some pictures of todays happenings will follwo later this afternoon and remember keep those suggestions coming in for a name for our Archimedes screw to firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, 22 June 2008
Friday, 20 June 2008
Wednesday, 18 June 2008
3600 r/min = 60 revolutions per second = 60 Hz
1 r/min = 2π rad·min−1 = 2π/60 rad·s−1 ≈ 0.10471976 rad·s−1
To convert revolutions per minute to revolutions per second (hertz), simply divide by 60.
We thought it would be useful to give a bit of background as to how we got to where we are today and in doing so introduce some of the companies/organisation's that Torrs Hydro New Mills have worked with - it certainly wasn't a case of finding a fast flowing river with a weir and sticking a turbine in a big hole - if only !
Firstly we have Mann Power Consulting Ltd
Mann Power Consulting Ltd brought the Archimedean Screw turbine into the UK for the first time, and has been at the forefront of supplying this equipment for hydro-generation projects since 2004.
They are a small team committed to providing a friendly, efficient service from feasibility study right through to final commissioning and anywhere in between.
For the Torrs Hydro New Mills project, they carried out the initial feasibility study and system design, (which was subsequently developed by Western Renewable Energy - more about WRE later in the week) and supplied the Archimedean Screw.
Friday, 13 June 2008
Thursday, 12 June 2008
The turbine is just starting to be slowly winched down into position as I write this (18:20 Thursday) - its a slow process but if your passing the Torrs you can actually watch it descending into position - it should take at least another 60-90 minutes.
Pictures to follow later.
Wednesday, 11 June 2008
The pictures below give various views of the turbine resting at the top of the concrete run.
Tuesday, 10 June 2008
Some video footage of the big day itself - if anyone has any pictures they feel are worth sharing with everyone who reads the blog (and thats quite a large number of people now) then please free to email them on to me at email@example.com
Monday, 9 June 2008
After yesterdays excitement its still all hands to the pump (well screw actually) as the team in the Torrs continue with the project - any key dates/events that are worth watching or have happened will be posted on here.
Below is some video footage from two weeks ago showing the shuttering being dismantled, the shuttering was used to form the walls before concrete was poured in - as ever our thanks to Ken for the pictures and his err... choice of music !
Sunday, 8 June 2008
What a great day - perfect weather, a great turn out by New Mills for the 8:30am start and no screw in sight !
Eventually after finally locating our driver - who had taken a very scenic route to New Mills we started the long awaited lift of the Archimedes screw down towards its new home in the Torrs.
With excellent work by Ainscoughs cranes and Western Renewable Energy a perfect landing was guaranteed - we even made the tea time Granada news !
The crowds gather (again) to watch in anticipation
Saturday, 7 June 2008
Friday, 6 June 2008
The ramps start to take shape