Saturday, 26 December 2009
Hazel Body won 2nd prize in the New Mills photography competition with the attached picture of Richard Body cleaning the inlet.
Archie featured in several pictures in the competition which can be viewed at the New Mills Heritage Centre at the moment.
Also we require photos :
Any high resolution pictures of the flora and fauna in the Torrs (both wanted and unwanted species). We are working with the Environment Agency in designing and installing interpretation boards and would like pictures of the Torrs where possible.
Email pictures to the Secretary email@example.com before the end of the year.
Great news as we come towards the end of a succesful 2009 - Torrs Hydro in conjunction with the Environment Agency are through to the penultimate round of the Water Renaissance Awards 2010.
Watch this space in January to see how we progress after the next round of assesments.
Saturday, 21 November 2009
All this and still nine days to go in the month - if I was a betting man (and I'm not) I would say that by the end of the month Archie will have beaten all previous production records.
This is primarily down to lots of rain and to the extraordinary amount of work done by volunteers in clearing the intake over the past few weeks.
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
A great picture of the weir with Torrs Hydro blending beautifully into the landscape.
This week the battle with leaves and dead wood at the intake continues and to date it looks like we are on top.
Since Archie was turned back on overnight on 1 November it has been running continuously and it looks like by the end of November we will have one of our highest production months since the scheme started (it may yet be the highest, but we don't want to tempt fate)
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
November continues to bring the rains as promised and with the rains come higher river levels and ultimately more electricity.
We have already produced more electricity in the first eleven days of November than we did in the whole of August, September and October combined.
Long may it continue !
Monday, 9 November 2009
Thursday, 5 November 2009
Some great team work over the past week - with the heavy rains came lots of river debris (especially leaves) which build up in a matter of hours to reduce the amount of water that flows through the screw which in turn reduces the amount of electricity we produce.
'Archie' has already producing more electricity in November than it did in the whole of September and October and has several times gone through that 50 kWh barrier - will November end up being a record month - lets wait and see !
Monday, 2 November 2009
Saturday, 17 October 2009
Tuesday, 29 September 2009
Friday, 25 September 2009
Thursday, 24 September 2009
To celebrate Martin’s legacy, Natural England, The National Trust, Derbyshire County Council and the Peak District National Park Authority will be organising a commemorative event in the Peak District on Sunday 11th October 2009.
Details of the day are listed below.
9.30 – 10.00 Congregate at New Mills Town Hall
10.00 - 10.15 Welcome and introduction to the day's events
10.15 – 10.30 Unveiling of a commemorative sundial by, Nick Hodgson Chief Executive Derbyshire County Council
10.30 Walks and run commence
14.30 Ceremony at Kinder Downfall for those walking routes 4 and 5.
16.00 – 18.00 Return to Royal Hotel Hayfield, for refreshments and opportunity to sample the specially named Martin`s White Hare Bitter.
We would like to take to take the opportunity to say a special thanks to both Dave Botham, owner of the Beehive and the Ash family, owners of the Royal Hotel, for providing these specially named beers.
Buses will be running from Hayfield bus station to New Mills Town Hall and the train stations throughout the day.
Sunday, 20 September 2009
Friday, 18 September 2009
Monday, 7 September 2009
Friday, 28 August 2009
Wednesday, 22 July 2009
Thursday, 18 June 2009
Monday, 8 June 2009
Monday, 25 May 2009
Saturday, 23 May 2009
As part of the Derbyshire Open Arts exhibition Torrs Hydro are playing host to a local artist who will be displaying two pieces created from 'found objects' dragged out of the river by the intake to the Hydro.
With some good rain earlier in the week Archie is expected to be spinning this Bank Holiday weekend and with 'torrential rain expected late Monday/early Tuesday he should be near to maximum output by the middle of next week.
Below are Ann Harding and Chris l'Anson from Settle who hope to soon be starting the build of their own Archie some time early summer -- we wish them good luck and look forward to providing them with advice and guidance throughout.
Sunday, 17 May 2009
Well those walking through the Torrs this weekend will have noticed that Archie has been very still - lack of rain during the week and Saturday has meant not enough water to start producing electricity.
The forecast for Sunday afternoon and the start of next week is good from Archie's point of view (so don't forget your brolly) so we will try and start up at 6:00pm this evening - water permitting !
Monday, 4 May 2009
The book has gained rave reviews (The Guardian, The Economist etc) and it can be accessed for free too; I have downloaded a copy and am very impressed.
David JC McKay Sustainable Energy - without the hot air
Friday, 24 April 2009
After a lengthy dry period it looks like our wait for rain will soon be over and by by late Saturday/overnight Saturday night the rains shall fall and Archie shall resume service again.
A reminder also that Sunday sees our latest open day so if you'd like to see 'behind the scenes' or ask some questions then please join us on Sunday afternoon at 1:00pm
Monday, 20 April 2009
Friday, 10 April 2009
Monday, 16 March 2009
Friday, 13 March 2009
Thursday, 12 March 2009
- invest around c.£120 million of private capital over the next three years; - develop approximately 25 small-scale hydro electricity schemes generating enough power for c.40,000 homes; - create 150 construction jobs; - save an annual 110,000 tonnes of CO2.
Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Ed Miliband MP said: "By committing to build small hydro power stations and wind turbines, British Waterways is playing an important role in generating renewable energy from the UK’s natural resources. This will help cut carbon emissions and further secure energy supplies. We want even more homes, communities, businesses and public sector organisations to take action and play their part in tackling climate change. The Renewables Obligation already supports renewable electricity generation and from 2010 we'll be introducing a feed-in tariff which will reward projects like this with guaranteed cash payments."
Hilary Benn, Environment Secretary said: "Britain’s waterways were the arteries of our economy, providing transport and power. This scheme shows how with ingenuity and innovation they can once again deliver real economic, social, and environmental benefits, especially in tackling and adapting to climate change."
The Small Hydro Company will now start a programme of community engagement alongside the process of seeking the necessary environmental and planning consents, with the aim of having the first schemes up and running in 2010 to help meet the government’s 2010 hydro renewable targets.
Sunday, 22 February 2009
Almost 12 months ago we started to create what has now become Torrs Hydro New Mills. The transformation has been amazing, from archaeological discovery, to muddy hole, then some amazing engineering with lots of concrete and A frames - followed then by our first electricity in September 2008 and then over recent weeks the landscaping project which is all but completed.
None of us will miss the temporary fences which were a bit of an eyesore, but a necessity whilst the fencing and stonework was completed - we hope everyone will agree the area has now become another focal point in New Mills drawing visitors from far and wide.
Many people passing by and those who have been given tours of the site have asked how you can get involved in the project - later in the week we will remind you how you can purchase the few remaining shares and become part of the UK's first community owned hydro electricity scheme.
Friday, 20 February 2009
Sunday, 15 February 2009
Friday, 30 January 2009
An update on the outage we have had earlier this week which at the same time allowed us to perform some remedial work on the limit switches that control the sluice gate.
In the early hours of Monday morning the generator disconnected from the National Grid, it does this as a precaution when the voltage on the grid doe snot match the voltage we produce.
Unfortunately due to an issue we had with the sluice gate limit switches caused Archie to 'free wheel' which in turn caused a drive belt between the gearbox and generator to deteriorate.
It was all hands to the pumps whilst we replaced the drive belt and resolved the limit switch issues with excellent team work from LSP, Mann Power consulting and our friends at WRE.
We have also had a lot of visitors to the site, Tuesday and Wednesday, mostly arranged by h2OPE as part of their advice and information sessions held in Manchester for other groups thinking of going down the same the same route as Torrs Hydro.
The Co-op Group also visited with energy managers from Co-operatives around the country for whom they purchase power and help with strategies to reduce energy use and carbon footprint.
Archie is now running smoothly again.
Saturday, 24 January 2009
Friday, 23 January 2009
Thursday, 22 January 2009
What a fantastic transformation of a Sycamore tree alongside Torrs Hydro - try and get yourself down to site on Saturday as the engine house will be manned all day so if you ask nicely you may get a brief tour of the inside !
Take a look at Kens video to see work in progress for the tree which is scheduled to be completed on Saturday.
Wednesday, 21 January 2009
Saturday, 17 January 2009
The first 10 days of the year progress was slowed with the landscaping due to 'permafrost' in the Torrs and several days of snow, but in the past week the pace has picked up again and we now have a magnificent new stone wall at the tail race which is supporting and preserving the existing wall of Torr Mill.
Next steps (literally) are to build a walkway alongside the screw with steps leading down to the bottom, next week also sees the arrival of another picnic bench and work to tidy up the approach road from Rock Tavern down towards the weir.
The safety fences are now being built and are now planned to be installed the second week in February.
Next Tuesday an external power display will be installed so visitors can see a live feed of kW being produced.
Monday, 12 January 2009
After the Winter drought and the much welcomed thaw the rivers Sett and Goyt have risen to expected levels for this time of year and this afternoon 'Archie' was producing 48 kW per hour.
Further rain expected in the morning should see this rise to be 50-51 kW by lunch time tomorrow following some work last week in removing silt form the tail race end of the screw.
The landscaping project is back in full swing despite recent weather conditions and the new wall should be completed by the end of this week (its currently hidden behind tarpaulins to protect the mortar from the elements !