the tale of two hydros

Pressure testing the 1.9m 3km penstock (pipe) for the Blackrock 3.5MW hydro

Just a follow on from yesterdays blog from Scotland. It was quite inspirational looking around serious renewable energy pieces of kit. As per previous blogs i am a fan of the little and often approach but there is nothing like looking at what looks like the set from the latest James Bond film. The two hydros we visited thanks to RWE were before’s and after and yes i had to say they were different sites in terms of topography but I was more interested in the approach and what you end up with on the ground. The turbine is a turbine but how does the ecology recover, the landscape look like, working with the local communities and contractors and so on. There is nothing quite like seeing and experiencing something to get you to understand

A pair of 1.25MW Gilks turbines in the underground turbine house

Blackrock and Inverlael hydros near Inverness and Ullapool (Word dock – just click)

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