We are delighted to report that Low Wood Bay is now generating its own electricity after completion of the required tests on our new Hydropower system.
Drawing on the natural water supply from a fellside beck, an 860 metre pipe is conveying water at up to 79 litres per second to the turbine, which is housed in a Lakeland style dry stone building to blend in with the local environment.
The hydropower system is fully automatic, with the turbine adjusting the flow through the jets according to the available water. It is expected to generate a power output of 53kW to 60kW to attain 180MWh to 200MWh of electricity each year, roughly equivalent to powering 50 homes a year.
Tim Berry from English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues says:
This is the latest environmental initiative at the resort, designed to tap into the natural energy source of the fellside beck we have on site. We're already on target to create enough energy for about a third of our electricity needs for the venue. Combined with the 2,000 trees we planted here at Low Wood Bay in memory of my father, Michael Berry, we will now be offsetting 500 tonnes of CO2 per year.
We've received invaluable help and support throughout the project from the turbine manufacturers, Hydrolite Ltd. They are experts at working with local communities and smaller sites to establish sustainable energy from renewable sources.
Roberto Sotgiu, managing director of Hydrolite Ltd:
Low Wood Bay has the right conditions for an effective hydro-power scheme, so it’s been a fruitful and exciting project for us to work on. Now the resort can start to enjoy the benefit of its own renewable energy generated on site. Hydropower is one of the oldest methods of generating electricity, harnessing running water, without reducing its quantity. Globally, it now accounts for around 17% of the world’s electricity production.
Read more about Roberto's passion for hydropower and the environment here.