We have been working with the team at the National Trusts new Ogwen base at the foot of Cwm Idwal, Tryfan and Pen yr Ole Wen between the Carneddau and Glyderau massifs. The new site is in a transformation phase. The main building is being operated in partnership with Outward Bound trust in order to assist young people to get out into the mountain environment. The older building next to the Idwal river we have the new National Trust Rangers base for this spectacular area. My interest as you might have read before is the heritage of energy generation and true to form the site has a nice chunky energy history. The old building was the site for a mill which used to produce honing stones to sharpen ‘stuff’ (there is a little quarry behind the visitor centre as testament to this) The old building was resplendent with a quite a large overshot water wheel. Later on a pelton hydro was installed into the site (two separate accounts of its existence right up until the 70’s) If any one has any images of the system i would be grateful for a copy.
The twenty-first century has now caught us up and thanks to our friends from Panasonic we have the latest Panasonic air source heat pump installed and warming the building. We are looking at the rest of site for options to reduce the buildings environmental impact even further. More to come!