Our skills in energy and sustainability management are being used to investigate how 19th Century technology may provide sustainable energy for the 21st Century.
We are managing a project for our joint venture partners Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council to investigate the potential for generation of renewable energy in the town. The watercourses that run through Stockport feature a number of weirs that were built in the 19th Century to power the mills of the local industry. It may be possible to install a small hydro-electric power generation unit on such a weir as a way of producing clean electricity.
To enable a feasibility study to go ahead, we made a successful bid to the Energy Saving Trust for devolved central government funding to support the project. Specialist consultants Water Power Enterprises are to carry out the feasibility study with a view to designing a practical engineering solution and business model.
If successful, the scheme could reduce the Council’s net CO2 emissions by around 1,300 tonnes per year.