The Sod is off… National Trust latest two mansions worth of energy from the newest hydro

Sod is cut. start of the new temporary access track to the work site. This will all be put back once the work is completed

Sod is cut. start of the new temporary access track to the work site. This will all be put back once the work is completed

Just outside Bethesda on the mouth of the Ogwen valley the latest National Trust hydro has cut is first ‘sod’. This is the latest in the National Trust Renewable Energy investment program. Project Manager Rob Gwilim has a very big smile on his face having ploughed through a mountain of paperwork. It’s now digging on a mountain and installing. The 100kw Turgo hydro system is on the small stream of Afon Berthen. The intention is to install a small intake on the stream and run the pipe down through the dense conifer woodland to a small turbine building installed at the foot of the woodland. Whats unusual? High head which means low overall volume of water needed, This is a very steep site (200m of head or drop and only 500m of pipe), we will install a small prefabricated stainless steel intake (just inside the woodland). The overall effect will be the generation of over 400MWh of electricity per annum or to put it another way enough electricity to provide two NT mansions or 121 average houses with electricity. The Hydrolite turbine, TGV install and GH Jones civil contractors should deliver a timely, cost-effective and overall low impact system

photo montage of the new intake deep in the dense conifer

photo montage of the new intake deep in the dense conifer

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One Response to The Sod is off… National Trust latest two mansions worth of energy from the newest hydro

  1. F4F Network says:

    Did you write this blog purely so you could do an almost swear word in the title?!

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