I am besotted with old hydro sites and found a stunning example of a big system. I have been trawling the net looking for images of old systems and lo and behold just over the mountain to me there is an example. I tripped over some stunning images of a Gilks turbine looking regal in its dilapidated surroundings. I decided to have a scout around this afternoon in the rain and sort of fell on the system hidden in the Rhododendron and Laurel. It’s a huge beast of a thing. It is linked to a monster of an air compressor. All of the pipe work is still in place (if a bit perforated) as is the weir on the river Ogwen.
This would make a fantastic community resource given a mile of what ifs’. Am asking Gilks for some info on the turbine and then to do some research on the ‘I wonder if its possible’ for a community group… pipe dreams but you have to start somewhere.
Kind people at Gilks gave me some more info on the turbine
- Alfred H Richards for Lord Penrhyn, Port Penrhyn, Bangor
- Serial No: 3593
- Year of Sale: 1929
- Mechanical Output: 164kW
- Operating Head: 13.72m
- Flow: 1.52m3/sec