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FEED Study for a Small Hydroelectric Power Station

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FEED Study for a Small Hydroelectric Power Station

Stopford delivered a FEED study for a small scale hydroelectric power project in the South West of England for the estates of a local land owner.

The proposed location was the site of a previous 17th century mill-race that ceased operation in the early 19th century. The energy generated would be used to support local power demand within the local community.

We undertook a full front end engineering design study to determine a +/- 20% cost estimate for the scheme. In the delivery of the commission our consultants delivered:

  • Technology overview
  • Technology due diligence and preliminary selection of turbine (Kaplan)
  • Discussion with local landlords
  • CAPEX estimate (+/- 20%)
  • Desktop study on planning requirements
  • Local Authority discussions
  • Assessment of potential cost savings and income streams
  • Power output and cost savings
  • Income arising from renewable energy incentives
  • Assessment of potential carbon reduction
  • Financial appraisal
  • Site Location

This project has enabled the viability of a small-scale community based hydroelectric renewable energy scheme to be determined. Through site, technology, financial, and planning assessment, the project was developed to a point to enable the client to make an informed decision with respect to viability. As such project sanction is expected in late 2015.

Once sanctioned this project will see the development of a hydroelectric scheme at the site of a former mill-race. The energy generated will be used to offset grid power demand within the local community as well as reduce the carbon footprint associated with operations in the local area.

 

 

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