A 270-kW project in Ontario owned by Fergus Mill Power Co. Ltd. began operation in October. Mavel a.s. announced commissioning of Fergus Mill — its first installation in North America — on Oct. 24.
Fergus Mill Power, led by Murray and Karen Koebel, developed the Fergus Mill hydroelectric project in a former mill in Fergus, near Toronto. The generating unit is housed in a sub-basement of the 153-year-old mill building, part of a 31-unit condominium complex. Electricity is sold on the spot market through a local utility.
Mavel, an equipment manufacturer and engineering company based in the Czech Republic, provided the project’s double-regulated bulb turbine. The turbine employs a 1,050-millimeter-diameter runner, four runner blades, and 16 wicket gates to drive a horizontal asynchron-ous generator. Mavel also provided design for the hydraulic system and draft tube.