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.