Connecticut town considering Archimedes Screw hydropower plant

The Manchester town board has approved a bid waiver from the New England Hydropower Company that will allow the Massachusetts-based group to explore the feasibility of a new small hydropower project at the town’s Union Pond Dam.

The proposed hydroelectric plant would use an Archimedes Screw to generate about 575,000 kWh annually.

Manchester’s bid waiver gives New England Hydropower the ability to work with the city’s staff as it works to secure a preliminary permit from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

Archimedes Screw turbines have seen a recent surge in popularity in Europe with plants being installed at England’s Blenheim Palace and Windsor Castle, and another proposed on the River Thames in Oxfordshire.

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