Dulas completes 70 kW micro hydro addition to Welsh Water treatment plant

Welsh renewable energy developer Dulas has completed the addition of a 70 kW hydropower project to an existing water treatment plant in Myndd Llandygai.

The treatment plant is owned by utility company Welsh Water, which saw the installation of the Pelton-type turbine as a means of increasing the efficiency of the facility.

Work on the retrofit began last spring, Dulas said, and was completed with a minimal disruption to the plant’s operation and no loss of provisions from the reservoir.

Dulas, which has previously developed around 12 MW of hydroelectric capacity at other Welsh Water facilities, said the project supports the government’s effort to have 22.5 GW of cumulative hydro power in Wales by 2025, but that cuts to the United Kingdom’s feed-in tariff scheme last year have hampered some renewable investments.

“Recent changes to the feed-in tariff subsidy payment have caused installation to slow, but this means that updating Wales’ existing hydro assets has become all the more important, especially with an eye to longer-term renewable energy targets,” Dulas senior project manager Crispin Angood said.

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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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