Articles From October 2010

Autumn Update

Posted in News on Saturday 30th October 2010 at 10:34pm

Hydro visit

Torrs Hydro, a 63kW system installed by WRE in 2008 was honoured to host a visit by Greg Barker (Minister for Climate Change) and the Regional Director for the Environment Agency on 28th October.  As well as visiting Torrs Hydro they visited the Co-op (powered by the system) before moving on to New Mills Town Hall for the Minister to formally announce ways in which the Government are going to help support community owned schemes like this.  There was wide coverage in the press.

Council Place

WRE senior engineer Chris Elliott was elected to the council of the British Hydropower Association at its recent AGM, and looks forward to pushing micro-hydro up the agenda.


Cotehele’s new hydro system is nearing completion, the turbine was run for the first time last week, and should be generating in the coming week.

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October Updates

Posted in News on Friday 1st October 2010 at 2:45pm


WRE is pleased to announce it is now listed as an MCS transition installer, and this allows us to design and install systems to receive the Feed-In-Tariff, and as such we will fully commission three schemes in the next month.  Sub-50kW systems designed or installed by a non-MCS installer will not be eligible for the FIT.

Installations Update

WRE has recently ordered a second turbine from Ecowave Systems, a crossflow turbine to operate on 25m head on a site on Dartmoor, which should be generating in December.  This system is designed by WRE.

Screening Equipment

We have also supplied further Coanda type screens, as well as gaining future orders for more.  We have recently sold 10mm screening systems to fellow hydropower system designers Renewables First and Highland Eco Design for low head sites, and are about to start delivery of similar systems to the 6mm standard sometimes requested by the EA.