Cumbria Green Build Festival

12 - 27 Sep 2015

Walk & Talk: Installing a Hydroelectric Scheme within the National Park

Energy-saving improvements

  • Renewables: heat
    Renewables: heat
  • Renewables: electricity
    Renewables: electricity
  • Water management
    Water management

Location

Blencathra Centre, Blease Road
Threlkeld
Keswick
Cumbria
CA12 4SG

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Opening times

12 - 27 Sep 2015
Sunday, 13th September 1-3:30pm

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 The Blencathra Centre’s  Renewable Energy - Low Carbon Vision Project reduced the carbon emissions of the centre by 80% through the installation of biomass district heating and micro-hydropower alongside improving the energy efficiency of the existing buildings. The Project created an opportunity for the Blencathra Centre to become a low carbon exemplar within the Lake District National Park. This exciting £800k project, part-funded through the Rural Carbon Challenge Fund, was completed in 2014. The design and operation of each element was developed to meet or exceed the environmental standards and requirements of the LDNPA, the Environment Agency and Natural England. The hydropower scheme faced several challenges and is a unique example. The fact that an historic scheme in such a location was feasible was too good an opportunity to ignore. However, there were few engineers willing to attempt it. The turbine is 2.6km from the Centre, which was seen by many as too far to carry the generated electricity.  The innovative solution, developed by Border Hydro, was a pair of transformers to raise and lower the voltage at each end. 

Location

Blencathra Centre, Blease Road
Threlkeld
Keswick
Cumbria
CA12 4SG

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Opening times

12 - 27 Sep 2015
Sunday, 13th September 1-3:30pm

This event has now finished.

Book ahead at www.cafs.org.uk/events

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