News


July 2016 

babyHydro has been awarded a contract by Glasgow City Council to bring the hydropower capability of the Pollock Sawmill back to life. The sawmill sits on the White Cart and lies within Pollock Country Park (home of Pollock House and the Burrell Collection).  The sawmill was originally powered by a waterwheel, and then ‘upgraded’ with the installation of two ‘modern’ turbines; a Mccormicks Holyoke Turbine in 1890 and a Waverley turbine around 1900.  These turbines are beyond repair and will be removed and replaced with a single open flume Francis turbine generating some 60kW from a 1.75m head.  One feature of note is the fact that the sawmill equipment remains largely intact; saw-blades, benches, belts, and gearing, providing the opportunity for it to be brought back to working condition albeit driven by an electric motor - powered by the new turbine!


March 2016

Gordon Black has been confirmed as a speaker at All Energy in Glasgow on May 4th. He will be talking about ‘Pico Hydropower – less than 10kW.  The presentation title is ‘One Megawatt of Hydropower for Scotland – One KiloWatt at a Time!’

 

December 2015

BabyHydro are delighted to announce the commencement of generation at Westerhall Farm near Langholm, on a 17kW, low-head scheme. The project uses a Bluestream crossflow turbine built by Ecowave Systems, based in Somerset. The scheme is based on an existing dam, and uses a washover screen to ensure the copious amounts of debris and gravel do not obstruct the intake.

BabyHydro took the project through consents, full detailed design, project management, as well as turbine installation and commissioning.

 

November 2015

The 500kW hydropower scheme on the Annet Burn in Doune, designed and project managed for Moray Estates Development Company by babyHydro, has been commissioned and is now generating.

 

January 2015

Auchmore Farm’s 100kW hydro scheme near Muir of Ord has been commissioned by Gilkes and is running at full capacity. Known as ALF Burn Hydro (named after the Allt Fionnaidh burn on which it is built), the scheme was taken through feasibility and consents, as well as tendering and management of construction, by babyHydro Ltd. The project is a collaboration between two landowners and had the added requirement to safeguarding water quality and flows for the Muir of Ord distillery downstream. The project was designed by Campbell of Doune and built by GS Campbell Contractors (no relation). 

May 2014 - opening ceremony

Dawyck Botanic Gardens enjoyed a visit from Energy Minister Fergus Ewing to open their new hydropower scheme, making it the first Carbon Neutral botanic gardens in the UK!  Every aspect of the scheme, from initial survey through to construction was managed by babyHydro.  

the hydropower intake at 'Dynamo Pond' - named after the Victorian era hydropower that lit the house up in the early 1900s

the hydropower intake at 'Dynamo Pond' - named after the Victorian era hydropower that lit the house up in the early 1900s

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Dawyck is one of the finest arboreta in the world, so aesthetic concerns were high on the list of considerations

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The powerhouse is a functional building yet also merges seamlessly into its surroundings, clad in larch and echoing the style of the the main visitor centre with a sedum roof.  This one's so beautiful Scottish Ministers sometimes enjoy posing outside it!  

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Nick Forrest explaining how the generator works

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The runner is a three jet turgo turbine generating up to 12kW at a head of 26m

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James and Nick prepare for a brief spell underground