A new small hydropower scheme is in operation at the Blenheim Palace estate in the UK after being officially switched on by the Duke of Marlborough.
The project, which has the potential to generate in the region of 78,000kWh/yr, features a 15kW Closed Compact Archimedean Screw system installed beside the Bladon Cascade at confluence of the rivers Glyme and the Evenlode. The project was designed and managed by Hallidays Hydropower with the assistance of Greenford's who carried out the civil engineering works, both of whom are Oxfordshire, UK-based.
“I believe in the importance of creating and using sustainable energy here at Blenheim Palace, for the good of the environment and to support the running of this great Estate," said His Grace, the Duke of Marlborough. '"I am delighted that after all the planning and hard work we can now start to benefit from this wonderful technology.' We are all committed to deliver sustainable energy sources and will continue to take advantage of opportunities wherever it makes sense."
The system will now supply power to homes within the Estate and add to the national grid. Plans are also now being considered to install an additional turbine elsewhere in the estate in the future.