The Whitby Esk Energy – Ruswarp Hydro

a community-owned 50kW Archimedes screw hydroelectric turbine on the River Esk at Ruswarp, near Whitby, North Yorkshire
Whitby Esk Energy is a member

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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

Working with Durham University

We are delighted to have had working with us this year a student from Durham University working on possible ways to reduce head loss in our inlet channel, which could potentially improve power output.
Liam Wood a student on the Durham University MSc in New and Renewable Energy worked with us this year.  His unpublished Durham University MSc Project report is titled Model, Analysis and Improvement of a Hydro Turbine Intake System (2018). Thanks to Liam and his supervisor Dr Lian Gan for their work.


Feed-In-Tariffs consultation

Members of the Esk Energy team feel that the proposed ending of the FIT generation tariff and the export tariff would be a disaster for community energy groups and for schools and householders who want to do their bit to help in the fight against climate change. The ending of the export tariff would be grossly unfair. Government policy in other areas such as transformation of road transport to low carbon energy will be severely impacted. We sincerely hope that BEIS will act on our views and those of others who will be responding to the Government’s Feed-In Tariffs consultation.