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11 Mar 2009 05:03:10

Micro-hydro on canals to generate 210,000MWh



Micro-hydro on canals to generate 210,000MWh
Micro-hydropower projects dotted around the 2,200 miles of rivers and canals cared for by British Hydropower will generate 210,000 megawatt hours of electricity, the organisation claims.

An investment of £120 million in private capital over the next three years will pay for the construction by The Small Hydro Company of 25 hydro electricity schemes

In total, enough electricity to power 40,000 homes will be generated, and 110,000 tonnes of CO2 will be saved a year.

Energy and climate change secretary Ed Miliband said: "By committing to build small hydro power stations and wind turbines, British Waterways is playing an important role in generating renewable energy from the UK’s natural resources. This will help cut carbon emissions and further secure energy supplies."

As well as cutting emissions and thereby combating climate change, the scheme will also include some adaptation to the effects of climate change by improving flood defenses for local communities.

British Waterways already announced plans to install wind turbines on canal land.

It is also considering opening up unused canal land for allotments which would be let for free to schools and community groups to grow food.

http://www.britishwaterways.co.uk/home


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Seasteci wrote:

13 Mar 2009

Wich is the technology that you utilize in generate energy with mycro hydroon canals


20 May 2010

As a Swansea based Charity we are keen to get involved. If anyone can help us get the Swansea Canal involved do contact us. We are keen to apply for relevant funding and have been in talks with British Waterways regarding the above.

Steven Walters,
Vice Chair,


20 May 2010

As a Swansea based Charity we are keen to get involved. If anyone can help us get the Swansea Canal involved do contact us. We are keen to apply for relevant funding and have been in talks with British Waterways regarding the above.

Steven Walters,
Vice Chair,


20 May 2010

Oops! wasn't trying to spam the site, just was not clear whether our comments had been submitted or not.

Apologies for the duplicate message above!

Steve Walters.




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