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Hydro Power Facility Now Open

PIONEERING HYDRO POWER PLANT IS NOW OFFICIALLY OPEN

The pioneering hydro power plant on the River Great Ouse has been officially opened by the Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, and the Council’s appointed contractor Spaans Babcock (on 18th June).

 

Approximately 200 people, and children from Castle Lower School, attended the event at the Boatslide weir bridge and heard brief presentations from the Mayor and Neil Hindle, Engineering & Service Director from Spaans Babcock, who delivered the project on time. The guests were able to see the two Archimedes screws in operation and were also given a brief look inside the turbine house to learn first hand how the plant will generate electricity from the River Great Ouse.

 

Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “At one time in the past there were nineteen mills along the river in the Borough harnessing the natural power of the River Great Ouse.  It was fantastic to be able to open the hydro power facility today to enable us to start doing so again and enable current and future generations to benefit from the renewable energy it will generate.

 

“The Archimedes screws will harness the power of the river and create clean, renewable energy for generations to come, at a time when energy costs are continuing to rise.  It will save energy, protect the environment and save taxpayers’ money year after year.”

 

Bert Boersma, Technical Sales Manager at Spaans Babcock, said: “We have been delighted to work with Bedford Borough Council on this exciting project to generate electricity from the River Great Ouse.

 

“We have delivered Archimedes Screw turbine and other water technology projects across Britain and Europe and I am pleased this project has now been completed.”

 

The facility will generate approximately 168,000 kilowatt hours of energy every year, saving approximately 70,000kilgrams of CO2. The electricity generated will be used to power the lights along the Embankment with remaining power sold to the National Grid providing an income in the region of £32,000 per annum.

To view BBC Look East television coverage please click here.

 

Courtesy of ITV Anglia

 


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