Hydro Power

Hydropower:  the capture of the energy of moving water for some useful purpose. Prior to the widespread availability of commercial electric, hydropower was used for irrigation, milling of grain, textile manufacture, and the operation of sawmills.

The energy of moving water has been exploited for centuries; In India, water wheels and watermills were built; in Imperial Rome, water powered mills produced flour from grain, and in China and the rest of the Far East, hydraulically operated "pot wheel" pumps that raised water into irrigation canals.

The North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board (1943 - 1990) was founded to design, construct and manage hydroelectricity projects in the Highlands and Islands.  It is regarded as one of the major achievements of Scottish politician Tom Johnson, who chaired the board from 1945 to 1959.

Small scale hydro or micro hydro power has been increasingly used as an alternative energy source, especially in remote areas where other power sources are not viable. Small scale hydro power systems can be installed in small rivers or streams with little or no discernible environmental effect on things such as fish migration. Most small scale hydro power systems make no use of a dam or major water diversion, but rather use water wheels.

Latest Hydro Power news

Largest Tidal Energy Turbine To Be Tested of Orkney
A device thought to be the largest tidal energy turbine to be built in the world has been described by its developer as "simple and robust". Atlantis Resources unveiled its AK-1000 at Invergordon ahead of it being shipped to a European Marine Energy Centre test site off Eday, Orkney. Chief executive Tim Corneli...
Divers Required For Green Revolution
More than 2,200 commercial divers will need to be recruited over the next six years to work on marine renewable energy devices, it has been suggested. A report commissioned by subsea training provider The Underwater Cent...
Green Highland Renewables Win Hydro Contract
Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead has announced the first contract has been awarded for developing small-scale hydro schemes on the national forest estate in the north-west Highlands...
Major Milestone In Wave Energy
This week sees a major milestone in the Wave Hub marine energy test site off the coast South West England as the ship Nordica began laying out the cable which will bring electricity generated by marine energy devices connected to the Wave Hub asho...
China Hydro Takeover
Chinese project developer China Hydroelectric has acquired all the hydro projects owned by Minrui in the Chinese province of Yunnan, totalling 55.5MW in capacity, for RMB404.9m ($59.3m). The NYSE-listed company paid RMB116.5m ($17.1m) in c...
South West UK In Wave Power Initiative
CTC Marine Projects has now commenced the load out of the 25 kilometre armoured power cable and its hub as part of the Wave Hub project, off the southwest coast of England, which will go offshore at the beginning of August. The Wave H...

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