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Below are the latest posts from all of the Renewables First Project Blogs. See the Project Summaries page for an introduction to each project.

Case study: Freemans Reach Hydro Scheme

Case study: Freemans Reach Hydro Scheme

Renewables First was hired to undertake a full hydro feasibility study for the Freemans Reach hydro scheme, as well as the detailed design of the hydro scheme and fish passes. Renewables First also provided hydro engineering support during construction, as well as commissioning the scheme.

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Case Study: Buckfast waterwheel hydroelectric scheme

Case Study: Buckfast waterwheel hydroelectric scheme

Our work on the Buckfast waterwheel underlines our capability to provide intelligent refurbishment of sites, assessing existing equipment, and where possible retaining sound infrastructure and integrating new technology to achieve either energy capture improvements, reduction in manual intervention, or compliance with new environmental best practice.

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Shenfield Mill Archimedes screw turbine

Shenfield Mill Archimedes screw turbine

The Shenfield Mill Archimedes screw turbine will have a maximum generating capacity of 60kW, which would be sufficient to meet the annual electricity needs of approximately 78 English homes. The scheme will also involve the construction of an intake, discharge and turbine channel adjacent to the Weir, construction of a generator building and reinstatement of landscape and a planting scheme.

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Radyr Weir hydro scheme commissioned

Radyr Weir hydro scheme commissioned

The Radyr Weir hydro scheme located on the River Taff, South Wales, is now fully completed and operational. The 2 x 200 kW Archimedes screw turbines, with their combined capacity of 400 kW, were commissioned in December 2015.

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Nant Peris hydro scheme completed

Nant Peris hydro scheme completed

This 350 kW Pelton turbine on the Afon Gafr, Nant Peris, will generate around 1,100,000 kWh per year, equivalent to powering roughly 333 UK homes (based on a median UK consumption of 3300 kWh, EST 2012), as well as a carbon saving of around 473 tonnes per year.

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A drone’s eye view of Radyr Weir scheme

A drone’s eye view of Radyr Weir scheme

Construction work is forging ahead with installing the Radyr Weir Archimedes screws. Renewables First were hired by Dawnus to produce the detailed designs for the 400 kW Radyr Weir Archimedes screws, project managed and installed by Dawnus.

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Nant Peris Hydro scheme nearing completion

Nant Peris Hydro scheme nearing completion

Work is proceeding apace on the Afon Gafr hydro scheme at Nant Peris, Snowdonia. Throughout the last six weeks, Renewables First has project managed the civil, mechanical and electrical engineering elements of the hydro scheme. The 350 KW Pelton turbine is now installed inside the newly constructed turbine house.

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Guy Calder – Quarsol Ltd

“I’ve been working with Renewables First for over a year to get a 500 kW wind turbine installed on my farm. I’ve found them to be professional and knowledgeable on all aspects of wind development, and their engineers are a pleasure to deal with. I chose them... Read more...

Roderick Ellison – Ecosulis Ltd

“Having both worked for Renewables First (as a sub-consultant) and having drawn on their technical expertise as part of a multidisciplinary team I can highly recommend the company. I have found their work to be of the highest technical standard, and their staff... Read more...

Stuart Hodgkiss – Devon Wildlife Trust

“When Devon Wildlife Trust decided to restore Cricklepit Mill and make this the trust’s headquarters we wanted to demonstrate renewable energy being generated in harmony with the environment. Being a watermill, a small-scale hydropower system was the obvious... Read more...

K. Fletcher – Private investor

“I have worked recently with Renewables First to find suitable sites for wind turbine development and have been extremely pleased with their services in every way. In particular I like their flexible and informative approach and their speed of response both of... Read more...

Roger Yorke – Investor

“I’m in the process of getting permission to install two 800 kW Enercon wind turbines on the family farm in West Wales, and off the back of that am investing in other wind opportunities. In the early stages of the project I talked to lots of wind consultancies,... Read more...

Ben Hooker – Water to Wire Ltd

“Over the last 18 months I have worked closely with Renewables First identifying opportunities in the UK renewables energy sector. They have consistently performed work of the highest standard, on time and on budget! They are a credit to themselves, their... Read more...