THNM hosted some visitors on Friday from Bollington who are considering a similar scheme, they were very impressed on the progress made so far.
Thursday, 31 July 2008
Friday, 25 July 2008
Well a change in the weather in the past 48 hours has made a welcome change for everyone.
A good week for progress, especially tasks that although they may not take a large amount of time to complete they are in themselves often a culmination of weeks of effort - for example removing the spacers from the screw and actually seeing it turn properly for the first time (albeit manually for the time being). The engine house continues to make steady progress and already looks like it was part of the original mill buildings and will be finished off with a nice slate roof. Also this week the sluice at the top end of the screw has been lifted into position, this will be controlled automatically and will be lowered to adjust water levels into the screw.
Next week work will continue on clearing and concreting the intake area and the build on the engine house.
Pictures to follow...
Thursday, 17 July 2008
Sunday, 13 July 2008
Friday, 11 July 2008
The final pieces are put in place above the arch leaving a transformed river wall - Ray Meares would be proud of the improvisation with the tarpaulin
Vorsprung durch Technik
Friday, 4 July 2008
Chris and Yvette of Western Renewable Energy
Wednesday, 2 July 2008
I'm sure anyone who has passed the construction site in the past few months has either seen or spoken to Chris and Yvette, so just to give you a bit of background into what they do.
Western Renewable Energy (WRE Ltd) is run by a husband and wife team specialising in hydro-power. Chris & Yvette Elliott have been designing and installing hydro-electric schemes across the UK for three years and are now in New Mills working at The Torrs.
WRE’s involvement in Torrs Hydro began over 12 months ago with input into the planning permission and abstraction application processes involved in getting the hydro scheme off the ground.
This was followed by the general planning of what is a quite complicated build given the access difficulties, archaeology, storm water sewer and requirement for a fish pass which needed much consideration.
At the beginning of March 2008 construction began, with Chris and Yvette on-site daily, sourcing local suppliers and managing the build, which is expected to be generating electricity in mid-August.
Tuesday, 1 July 2008
The start of a new month is as good a time as any to review what we have achieved in such a short period of time and to briefly review the remaining activities that lie ahead prior to commissioning.
Looking at our project plan to date we can see we are very much on target - key activities in June were to meet the deadline for turbine delivery (The Big Lift) and initial location onto site and once in situ to pour the concrete slab that the gearbox and generator will mounted on. The setting of the slab itself was very much time critical needing 14 days to set before anything could be safely mounted onto it.
Activities planned for the next week are centred around completion of the fish pass work by mortaring the aluminium sections into place and concreting the sides and continuing the build of the magnificent archway at the bottom end of the turbine.
Details of the THNM Ltd AGM and official opening will also be announced in the next few days.