260 kW Archimedes Screw hydropower plant begins operation near Kilnhurst

A 260 kW hydropower project has been completed near the English village of Kilnhurst.

The small hydroelectric plant, developed by Barn Energy and Yorkshire Hydropower, is located on the River Don and generates power using a pair of Archimedes Screw turbines.

The US$3.25 million project also includes a number of measures intended to improve eel and fish passage, with the ultimate goal of increasing wildlife populations that have been hampered for more than a century by weirs along the waterway.

U.K.-based Barn Energy said it is currently working to develop additional projects near Kirkthorpe and Knottingley.

Archimedes Screw projects have seen a surge in popularity in the U.K. in recent years, with England’s Chatsworth Estate adding a 90 kW plant in August.

HydroWorld.com also reported in January that Scotland’s Blair Castle had completed renovations of a century-old generator. Meanwhile, England’s Cragside Estate announced the installation of a new Archimedes screw turbine this past July, with Blenheim Palace and Windsor Castle having completed hydro projects in 2013.

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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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