Monday, February 16, 2009

Mini Hydro- The first steps

Although I have primary interest in the rivers I have been involved closely in the planning of the first mini-hydrogeneration scheme in the Peak Park. Situated at Alport Mill the project will make use of 4.5 meters of head-loss to drive a crossflow turbine. The scheme will work around the Grade 1 listed Mill and all of the outbuildings. I was particularly keen to see that no harm would come to the river or it's inhabitants so safeguards have been put in place to protect fish, water voles, brook lamprey, crayfish and the surrounding riparian land.

Today we began our excavations on the area where the turbine housing will stand.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Sepia Brownie

Sufficient time (27 years) has now passed for a prosecution to be brought against me for use of an illegal instrument under the Salmon & Freshwater Fisheries Act. Having flown under the radar for so long I feel it's now time to 'fess up to my crimes. A handline was used. There, I hope we can all move on ;-)

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