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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


Northern Power Grid community energy strategy 2020-2023

Esk Energy was interviewed as part of the process undertaken by Northern Power Grid in developing their strategy for engaging community energy organisations in the region over the next three years. Their community engagement strategy was recently published, with a photo from an Esk Energy event on the front cover.

Northern Power grid has committed to:

  • Doing more face to face engagement with two events per year designed with and for community energy organisations
  • More innovation projects with communities
  • Review our connections process and flexibility procurement to explore offering greater support for community energy organisations
  • Using our industry position to feed back to the government and Ofgem what community energy organisations say they need to thrive.

They are holding their next community energy engagement event as a webinar on the 18th June, where they’ll be asking for your feedback on the strategy and next business plan, as well as discussing their connections process, future energy scenarios and support for community energy organisations.

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.
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