About Hydropower

Hydropower has been in use for centuries.  In the beginning it provided the motive force for grinding wheels for the milling of grain, being adapted for use in sawmills, and with the coming of the industrial revolution the powering of machinery.  It really came into its own with the discovery of electricity and in particular, the enormous power required for aluminium smelting.   

The key advantages are obvious - zero fuel costs and the ability to run for decades, albeit with substantial upfront capital and planning costs.  Also, compared with wind turbines, the visual impact is much easier to control and this impacts on the ease with which planning permission may be granted.  

Now with the pressures of climate change, the need to reduce our carbon emissions and supportive government policies it is experiencing a renaissance – as a genuinely sustainable source of energy.