The Abingdon Hydro is a Community Interest Company set up by a team of seven local residents who all share the vision to take advantage of the power of the water flowing through the River Thames. The aim of the project is to install a hydroelectric power generator in the River Thames at Abingdon. It is a spin-off from Abingdon Carbon Cutters, one of Oxfordshire’s Community Action Groups.
Carbon Leapfrog will in first instance support Abingdon Hydro on the business and financial planning of the project. Ham Hydro went to visit the team at Abingdon last year and gave a presentation on how to get organised and develop a community renewable energy project. They are a great bunch of people and we wish them all the best.
3 Archimedean screws will be developed, with construction scheduled to begin in Autumn 2012. Shares in the project should go on sale several months prior to this. The electrical power generated is forecast to be 100KW, which will power around 200 houses and will earn about £120,000 per year. A significant amount of this will be set aside an reinvested into other community projects. The simple and robust nature of the technology will ensure that the screws should be operating for several
Read more at: www.abingdonhydro.co.uk