Hydro renewable energy

Hydro renewable energy

Hydro power systems use the energy stored in free flowing water to create electricity. This electricity can be used domestically and commercially and helps reduce energy bills whilst aiding the environment.

Hydro energy information

Energy stored in water is used to power a turbine, which in turn produces electricity. It doesn’t matter how slow or fast the water rate is and systems can be built to fit a small stream or fast-flowing river.

Because of improvements made in the turbine’s technology, the Energy Saving Trust argue that hydro schemes are now a very attractive means of generating free electricity with a renewable source.

There are two types of hydro systems that are commonly used in the UK, standalone and National Grid connected technologies. Grid connected systems are the much better option and allow any electricity to be sold to energy companies.

Installing a hydro system

  • To make the most of hydro renewable energy you’ll have to live near a water source, or have a grid connection nearby

  • The amount of energy that will be generated can only be ascertained by how fast the water flows and how large the system is you have installed

  • With hydropower it’s imperative to have the permission of your local authority if you want a system installed. They will be able to make a decision on the design’s acceptability and ensure the site is safe to be used.

Cost of hydro power

  • The cost will depend largely on the size of system you invest in

  • Small scale systems would be in the region of £4,000/kW, but this can be made back with the money saved on electricity bills and the income earned through the Government’s feed-in tariff

  • The tariff pays out for every unit of renewable hydroelectric energy produced and you can earn up to 21.9p/kWh. This will guarantee a return of investment

  • As you move up in size the cost of installation will be more expensive, but this is countered by the increased savings and earnings you’ll make.

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If you live near a flowing water source, then hydropower could be right for you. Why not find out, simply by filling out your details and receiving up to four FREE quotes from local, vetted and reputable companies.

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