TL0549 : The top of the fish pass

taken 7 years ago, near to Bedford, Bedfordshire, Great Britain

The top of the fish pass
The top of the fish pass
At the new Bedford hydroelectric plant. Migrating fish will use the left channel, while the water powering the two Archimedes' screws passes to the right.
Bedford's new hydro-electric power plant
A small generator, commissioned in June 2012, to provide power from two Archimedes' screws placed in the line of the old boat slide on the Great Ouse in Bedford. The power generated will be used to light amenity areas by the river, with excess being sold. It was opposed by some locals on the grounds that it would spoil the amenity of the area, but it is quite a small shed, makes only a quiet hum, and has not affected the surroundings to any great extent. When both screws are running it will produce about 160000 kwh a year, save 70t of CO2 emission and at a cost of about 500000 will have a pay-back time of about 15 years.

See also a similar facility in the Scottish Borders LinkExternal link .
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Date Taken
Sunday, 1 July, 2012   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 4 July, 2012
Geographical Context
Energy infrastructure  Lowlands  Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Suburb, Urban fringe  Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms  Water resources 
Place (from Tags)
Bedfordshire  Bedford 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 0589 4947 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:8.0038N 0:27.2618W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 0588 4945
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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River Great Ouse  Hydroelectric  Fish Pass 

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