If you think you have a potential hydropower site you need to quickly find out the facts. It's important to use a hydro consultancy company that really understands the subject. Any company that offers feasibility advice should be able to back that up with a proven track record of designing and constructing hydropower systems.
We have been providing hydro consultancy, design and installation services for almost ten years, and in that time has worked throughout the UK on a diverse range of sites including low, medium and high head, run-of-river, storage and effluent discharge flows and just about every possible turbine type and electrical system. We are able to draw on this core knowledge and experience to quickly establish if a site has potential for development, and if so what type of system would be most appropriate and what the project finances would look like.
The aim of a feasibility study is to establish if a site is suitable for a micro-hydro development.
Following an initial telephone consultation to ensure all the basic elements are in place, e.g. head and flow, we would visit site to undertake a full site survey.
A feasibility study is split into two parts.
Part 1 – Site visit and survey
This involves a full day's on-site investigation by an experienced member of Hydro Generation's engineering team.
- ‘Walk the site’ to understand the existing site layout.
- Take accurate measurement of all relevant levels across site.
- Review all existing hydropower infrastructure.
- Make detailed photographic record of all relevant features.
- Identify most suitable grid connection point.
- Discussion with client on site potential and options for development (if required).
If following the site visit you decide not to proceed to Part 2 of the study no further costs for Part 2 of the project will be incurred.
Part 2 – Data processing and production of final report
Using all the information gathered from the site survey and additional information from the Environment Agency we will produce a full feasibility report on your site's suitability for a micro-hydro installation.
- Use long-term flow data (if available) and/or LowFlows hydrological modelling software to produce an estimated flow duration curve for the site.
- Specify most appropriate turbine type and size.
- Discuss most suitable location for the hydro system.
- Outline civil engineering works required.
- Specify transmission and generator type.
- Specify method of grid connection.
- Calculate expected power output, annual energy production and value of electricity produced.
- Estimate total project cost, broken down into stages and individual pieces of hardware.
- Define all stages of the project and likely timescales
- Identify potential sources of funding.
Arranging a Feasibility Study
If you would like to discuss the options for a micro-hydro system at your property then please read the Estimating Head and Flow Guide and then submit your site details contact us now.