Abingdon Hydro

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

One Response to “Abingdon Hydro”

  1. Here is the press release that went out on 3rd November 2015

    The directors of Abingdon Hydro have decided that we should not continue with this project.

    Abingdon Hydro is a “BenCom”: a society created not for our own benefit, but for our local community. This was a true community project, offering something for everyone – not just sustainable electricity, but a place to view the river and see water power up close, a fish pass designed as a natural flowing stream, an area that was formerly overgrown with brambles replanted for people and wildlife, better provision of white water for the canoe clubs, an educational resource, a tourist attraction, and a community fund to support other environmental projects.

    But the finances and the clock were against us. We had deadlines to meet, and the sheer complexity of the regulations was slowing progress. Then over the last few months the incentives that were designed to encourage groups like ours have been cut drastically. As invitations to tender had already been issued, we waited for the returns before making a final decision. But construction is a seller’s market at present, so the cost, and the risk of delay, turned out to be too high to justify.

    We are very grateful to our 420 members, without whom this project would never have happened. They were willing to invest for a possible long term reward that would never be more than modest. We would also like to thank those public officers who showed patience and a willingness to help as far as they could, despite the burden of ever expanding rules and regulations.

    Over the years of attendance at public events we have met thousands of people, and know that the great majority wanted this project to become a reality. One day, when conditions are right, perhaps it could.


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