Ham Hydro is a community interest company formed to develop renewable energy and other sustainable projects for the benefit of the local community.
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The first project under development is the installation of hydro power turbines on the River Thames at Teddington Weir. Our vision for this project is twofold:
- — to generate clean electricity from the hydropower installation, thus reducing carbon emissions locally and nationally, and
- — to use the income generated to promote and develop further low-carbon solutions in Ham and surrounding areas.
For a view of what the scheme might look like, see the image above. Thanks to Masood Tahir, of Kingston College, for creating the original montage, and to HLM Architects for creating the photomontage above.
Our scheme has now become animated! Click on Ham Hydro animation 1 to see how the scheme will look when viewed from the Teddington Lock footbridge.
Thanks to BrightOne for producing this animation. Further (360 degrees, larger) versions of the animation can be viewed on request.
Our scheme is ambitious, both in terms of its scope and its intended benefits, and has been the subject of some debate and controversy. As a result we have revised our design: the new planning drawings and updated noise impact report are now available online on the Richmond Council planning portal at:
During Climate Week (4th-10th March) our Managing Director gave a public presentation on “Community Energy in Richmond”. The presentation can be downloaded here.
We are lucky to have the support of Carbon Leapfrog, a not-for-profit organisation which helps low-carbon, sustainable projects to get off the ground by linking them with larger companies willing to provide pro bono support in various areas. So far we have been linked with the law firm Norton Rose, accountancy firm Grant Thornton and BrightOne graphics.