Yorkshire Hydro

The £5.3m hydropower scheme uses the flow of the River Calder to power a single 500kW axial turbine that will generate around 2.3million units of carbon-free electricity per year, equivalent to the consumption of 800 households and will be Yorkshire’s largest-ever low head hydro- electric project. It will run 24/7, 10-11 months of the year, for at least the next 100 years.

The project is being developed on land owned by Wakefield Council and abstracting water from the Canal & River Trust’s Aire & Calder Navigation

It will comprise a 500kW axial turbine which will protect fish and eels by a massive custom-designed inlet screen

It will take over a year to build, employing over 80 man years in that period

When commissioned in late 2016 will:

deliver up to 500kW of capacity, expected to generate around 2,300,000 units (kWh) per annum

enough electricity to take around 800 average UK homes off the grid almost in perpetuity

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