BBC Radio Cymru, Hidden Hydros and a very wet day

and yes it was as misserable as it looked. the 1906 Cwm Dyli hydro power station in the background

…and yes the weather was as miserable as it looked. The 1906 9.6MW Cwm Dyli hydro power station in the background

Just got back after a very wet day recording two programs for BBC Radio Cymru on the hydros of NW Wales or to be more geographically correct following the Glaslyn River from source to sea and popping in to see all the hydros on the way. 140 years of generation. Early morning and a monsoon in the mountains and we were looking at one of the oldest commercial power stations in the UK which was the 9.6MW Cwm Dyli system with its famous (especially if you know your James Bond) pipe running up over a 1000ft on Snowdon. Then on to Hafod y Llan and seeing the 125 years of hydro heritage in one farm. We had an agricultural historian, industrial historian and me (not a historian just very nosy) From the farm we went via Craflwyn and its hydros down to Fron Olau Farm to see Dafydd and his OG Jones 1930’s pelton together with its odd bits of locally scrapped first world war U-boat helping the system (voltage clocks and the main turbine gate valve) We ended the day at the National Park Study Centre at Plas Tan y Bwlch to view the 32kw Gilkes system currently being installed, which again had a predecessor at the site over a 120 years ago. It was a good day having a chat and talking hydros plus a good lunch at Caffi Gwynant. I think they call it work! For those of you who are interested you have 3 months to learn Welsh and then you can enjoy the program!

Intake and pipe at Plas Tan y Bwlch. Interestingly they were also trialing hemp which has been treated with nutrient and seed to see if it would colonise the surface pipe quicker

Intake and pipe for the 32Kw system at Plas Tan y Bwlch. Interestingly they were also trialing a hemp pipe cover which has been treated with nutrient and seed to see if it would colonise and cover the surface pipe quicker

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4 Responses to BBC Radio Cymru, Hidden Hydros and a very wet day

  1. Stuart says:

    Diolch am hynny, Pryd ydy’r rhaglen?

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