The Whitby Esk Energy – Ruswarp Hydro

a community-owned 50kW Archimedes screw hydroelectric turbine on the River Esk at Ruswarp, near Whitby, North Yorkshire
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The scheme is run by volunteers through Esk Energy (Yorkshire) Limited, a registered society.  Our main aim is to reduce the carbon footprint of the Esk Valley through generating renewable electricity. Learn – Share – Educate

Visitors from Canada

On 22nd February we were visited by Associate Professor David Lubitz and Scott Simmons from the School of Engineering, University of Guelph, Canada.  David has a research programme on microhydro turbines. The long term goal is to develop improved tools for designing Archimedes screw generator installations optimized for their sites.
They came to take a variety of measurements that will be combined with some of our data in fluid dynamics computer modelling. They took some additional measurements of our installation to add to data from the drawings, measured the flow velocity across the inlet and video recorded the turbine when operating to obtain more information about water flows and losses.

Water power – for A level students

Education is important to the Esk Energy team. Therefore we were particularly pleased to be mentioned in an article in the February 2020 edition of Physics Review published by Hodder Education. The magazine is aimed at A level students. You can download the poster below which includes an image of our Live View from Hodder Education’s website.

Physics Review hydro poster Feb 2020

Community Energy Fortnight

The Whitby Esk Energy team decided this year, rather than hosting an open afternoon during Community Energy Fortnight, we would get out and about. Two of our team attended the Community Energy England AGM and conference. The Community Energy State of the Sector 2019 report, to which we contributed, was launched at the conference.

Another member of the team will be attending the Climate and Environment Mass lobby ‘The Time is Now’ in Westminster on 26 June and highlighting the important role of community energy. 

If you would like to arrange a visit to the site please get in touch via our Contact Us form or phone 0741 0549 833.

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