Thursday, 2 December 2010
Tuesday, 9 November 2010
Community Renewables Finance SchoolWeds 24th November/1st December/8th December 2010, Manchester
Do you dream of installing a small scale hydro project or wind turbine where you live, but don't know where to start? Is your community building crying out for a biomass boiler or a set of solar panels? Have you heard about feed in tariffs, heat incentives and paybacks and wondered whether your voluntary organisation could benefit?.
This winter, Carbon Co-op and Carbon Leapfrog are running a series of masterclass sessions, practical, how-to guides for people interested in low carbon projects that will transform their communities and their environment. Each session features advice from a panel of professional experts from around the North West and the City of London. The emphasis of the programme is on sharing knowledge and experience and on practical solutions.
1. Inspiring Communities - engagement and planning
10.30-4pm, Wednesday 24th November 2010
Featuring a series of case studies, identifying key pitfalls and looking at monitoring. Featuring: getting going, communications, footprinting and engagement, renewables assessments, finance planning for communities and legal structures.
2. Finance and legal issues
10.30-4pm, Wednesday 1st December 2010
Governance issues, tax advice, options for investment, benefiting from incentives such as Feed In Tariffs and Renewable Heat Incentives, the co-operative way, community finance options and project planning for finance.
3. Installation and maintenance
10.30-4pm, Wednesday 8th December 2010
Practical advice on low carbon technologies. Running and sustaining a project long term. Featuring a series of case studies/pitfalls/monitoring
Followed by Fuelling Manchester - a social event for renewables projects in Manchester at a venue tba.
The masterclasses will be held at Manchester Digital Laboratory (MadLab), 40 Edge Street, Manchester M4 1HN.
How to book
Places are free but limited and demand is high.
To book a place email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0161 408 6492 .
You can book onto one or all sessions. Lunch is provided free of charge.
To confirm your place we require a returnable cheque for £40 dated after 8th December 2010 and made out to Carbon Co-op as a deposit. When you attend the workshop the cheque will be returned to you.
A limited number of travel bursaries are available to subsidise travel from outside the Greater Manchester region. Contact us for more information.
More information on the events and the latest experts: www.carbon.coop/blog
Friday, 17 September 2010
PS Is there still a hosepipe ban ?
Wednesday, 8 September 2010
New Mills Festival takes place from Friday 10th to Sunday 26th of September with events and activities to suit everyone, including the amazing lantern procession and a Torrs Hydro Open Day - please take a look a look at the program and make sure you get some of the events in your diary
Wednesday, 14 July 2010
Even though we have had some good rain fall this week in New Mills the drought continues and in areas is said to be worse than 1976 - one stretch of the Leeds - Liverpool canal is set to shut for the first time since 1929 with reservoir water levels at only 10% of their seasonal levels.
Monday, 12 July 2010
If the forecast is anything to go by then we are in for 3-4 days of heavy rain, which isn't enough to fill the reservoirs or end the hose pipe ban, but should possibly see renewable energy being produced in New Mills again.
Thursday, 8 July 2010
Drought Permit Application have been submitted for Longdendale today. The application will be published in local papers (Tameside and Glossop Advertiser and Manchester Evening News) and will be available for viewing at Glossop Library.
Main impact will be the amount of water released from the Longdendales reservoirs into the river Etherow - there is no direct impact on Archie, however as you cal see from the weir the rivers Goyt and Sett are very very low
You can access the Environmental Impact Assessment Report from here
Saturday, 3 July 2010
New Mills 'One World Fetsival' starts today at midday in High Lee Park New Mills.
With lots to see and do, eat and drink as well as some fantastic live music its a great place to spend a few hours and as an added bonus its going to be warm and sunny !!
Anyone interested in Torrs Hydro can take part in one of the tours that will be taking place throughout the afternoon.
Tuesday, 29 June 2010
Friday, 11 June 2010
Well 'Archie' might not be spinning at the moment due to the drought (it was a similar story last year) but one thing that is full of energy is White Van Man from new Mills singing "Viva Englandia"a catchy number to support Englands efforts in South Africa - take a listen :
Wednesday, 12 May 2010
Take care if trying to watch it though as when they move there is nothing going to get in their way and that includes you.
Monday, 3 May 2010
I think it's very important to remind our shareholders and the general public that Torrs Hydro is of course a Community scheme and does not have any connections in any way with any political party.
"Power to the People"
Citizen Smith, Tooting Popular Front, 1977
Thursday, 22 April 2010
In order to understand how Archie is really performing good quality records of flow data are required at the site. Equipment has been installed permanently in the river to monitor the flow continuously over the next year but this requires calibration to give values of flow.
The tests at the weekend were the first of several to do this using a process called ‘dilution gauging’. This involves injecting red dye of known concentration into the river and measuring the concentration downstream over a few hours, from this the flow in the river can be calculated.
The work has been agreed with the Environment Agency and is totally harmless to flora and fauna.
Saturday, 17 April 2010
Whilst I'm stuck out in Norway with no options of getting back to the UK I spotted some interesting info showing how much CO2 has been emitted by Volcano Eyjajjallajoekull (try spelling that one first time) in Iceland compared with the amount saved by substantial reduction in air traffic.
Take a look for yourself
Sunday, 4 April 2010
Many birds and water fowl are now hunting for mates and for that perfect nesting site - many can be seen in and around Archie - dippers are nesting in the walls next to the weir (can be spotted from the stone bridge), blue and great tits are nesting in the stone walls underneath Union Road bridge.
The Mallards (above) haven't quite decided where their new homes will be but there are several pairs in and around the weir looking for that perfect spot !
Monday, 29 March 2010
The highlight of the day for me is when they spontaneously started chanting 'Archie'... 'Archie'....
Well done everyone.
Sunday, 14 March 2010
Funding for the planting has come from our good friends at the Environemnt Agency.
Friday, 5 March 2010
After a succesful 'open day' last weekend today we had the pleasure of hosting a team from the Environment Agency.
Their task was to audit and review the way Torrs Hydro monitor and manage the extraction of water from the river through 'Archie' and back into the river.
After seeing how the scheme works and the water levels are monitored we reviewed the data that is collected every minute showing the level of water going over the weir, amount of power generated etc
Initial feedback is that we run a very tight ship and our record keeping is very precise, helped enormously by the automated system.
Thursday, 18 February 2010
All run from 1 - 3pm and are free - the first one in just over a weeks time !
Come and visit Torrs Hydro New Mills and see how we generate clean, green energy and maybe spend some time on some of the many fantastic walks in the area or see some of the local sights (Millenium walkway), visit the heritage Centre, visit New Mills Original :
Sunday 28th February
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Monday, 15 February 2010
Sunday, 17 January 2010
If your ever wondering how much power Archie is producing 'right now' or your planning a visit and want to see if Archie is riunning then go to the Torrs Hydro new web site and take a look at the top line you can see straight away.
So currently as I wrote this Archie is producing 49.2 kWh
Nice one Archie !
Monday, 11 January 2010
Torrs Hydro now has a new web site from today - take a look and let us know what you think