If Hydrobot has identified potential, or you are confident there is a good prospect, then the next step is to have a Pre-Feasibility Study carried out.
This requires a visit to the site and an initial inspection of the watercourse, usually accompanied by the landowner so that the rationale for decisions can be explained.
The outcome is a pre-feasibility report that includes:
- Assessment of the main watercourse features and surrounding terrain
- Identification of the preferred abstraction point(s)
- Identification of the preferred location(s) of the powerhouse
- Assessment of the usable head plus determination of the water flow available for abstraction, and therefore a forecast of the available output power
- Assessment of construction access issues
- Observations on the local Electrical Distribution Network and options for grid connection or local consumption
- Observations on any potential environmental issues, including a view on SEPA’s likely response to any application for an abstraction licence
- Outline diagram showing the layout options for potential schemes, including; abstraction point, route of penstock, site of powerhouse and electrical network connection point
- Photographs illustrating the key features
- Estimate of the cost of all equipment and works required to create a scheme
- Forecast of the value of the electricity generated – from consumption off-set, exporting to the grid and through generation Feed-In Tariffs
- Estimate of the payback period and thus the outline business case
- Identification of key risks
- Recommendations on next steps
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