Something old could be something new? Hidden Hydro again in Meirionydd

the mounting for the old village cross flow turbine. first rule of sustainability "re-use" I wonder?

On the edge of the river. The mounting for the old village cross flow hydro turbine. First rule of sustainability “re-use” I wonder?

Down to Meironnydd and the small village of Ganllwyd to look at a potential hydro site in the National Trust Dolmelynllyn estate property . But we were more interested in the old hydro infrastructure, which was still there from the old village hydro. I have blogged before about the old weir site. But I has not been down with colleagues to the Mawddach River side to see what was left of the old system. It was one of those Howard Carter moments again. Large Iron pipes and a huge concrete structure which was intact. Once I see an old steel flange then I am smitten (simple things please simple minds! but also bit strange!). We had the whole team down there to look at the old system but also to see if we could “cynna tan ar hen aelwyd’ (light a fire on an old hearth) as the Welsh saying goes. Lets just say it has potential but we would be standing on the shoulders of giants. (Richard Edwards of Llanuwchlyn again from the 1930’s) What ever will happen this would only be a low head micro hydro… but as you have probably read before it’s a long road from thought to deed in the world of renewables. it was also heartening to pass the old water mill on the way to the old turbine site (no such thing as a new idea!) We have had a few more pot holes in this road in the last few weeks from the various Government announcements. Lets keep on keeping on!

Trystan and Rhodri on top of the block with the remains of the large iron pipe and flange for the draft tube from the crossflow turbine

Trystan and Rhodri on top of the block with the remains of the iron pipe and flange for the draft tube from the old crossflow turbine. They have been practicing the 1000 mile stare for a while now. Its coming along nicely!

Hidden hydro fans for the day. Archaeologist, Ecologist, Curator, Ranger, Planner, Hydro Engineer. research and survey is serious stuff for the National Trust

Hidden hydro fans for the day. National Trust team… Archaeologist, Ecologist, Curator, Ranger, Planner, General Manager, Project Manager, Hydro Engineer. Research, survey and consultation is serious stuff for the National Trust

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One Response to Something old could be something new? Hidden Hydro again in Meirionydd

  1. Green, Sarah says:

    I love it!

    Hwyl fawr!

    Sarah

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