Ardgour Outdoor Centre Hydro Power Utilisation Project (HYPUP)
Project lead: Abernethy Trust
Award Amount: £78,006.11
Status: Completed February 2015
The Abernethy Trust was established in 1971 and runs 4 outdoor centres in Scotland. At their Ardgour Centre they were successful in developing an 89kW run of river hydro scheme. This project has grid connection, and at the time of IIF application was 10% of generation was used at the centre and 90% exported to the grid. Abernethy Trust wanted to use as much of this locally at their site for space and hot water heating which would reduce oil and grid electricity usage.
The project was comprised of the following:
-alteration of space and hot water heating system at the centre.
- design, purchase and installation of a bespoke thermal store with immersion heaters (estimated 2000 litre tank) and their integration with additional 420 litre DHW storage
- connection and integration of EMMA controls
As a result, this project allows the centre to benefit from the hydro and uses a thermal store. If there is no demand then electricity is sent to the grid. This means the centre is benefiting from using less oil and electricity from the grid by using locally, and also making an income from selling electricity to the grid.
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