A Midlands hydraulics firm has developed, constructed and handed over the first of four bespoke hydraulic operating systems to be fitted into a hydro power plant on the River Trent, to create enough electricity to power 700 households.
MGR Fluid Power in Leamington has manufactured the unique system, which will be used to operate a fully regulated axial flow turbine on Nottingham’s River Trent.
Designed and produced to exact specifications, the two metre-diameter hydro system leverages an internet connection to interact with the control panel, alerting operators if there is an operating issue.
Alarm data can be pushed through to operators using their mobile phone, or tablet device, so that the system can be handled from anywhere in the world.
The hydraulic system will play a vital part in enabling the Holme Pierrepoint plan to generate up to 500 kilowatts of power, offsetting 1,770 tonnes of CO2 each year.
Hydraulic operational systems from MGR are critical to a hydro power system, a technology that can help the UK manufacturing industry in general. The actual turbine itself is made by Newmills Engineering in Northern UK.
Not only is the hydraulic system capable of remaining in operation for over 50 years under the maintenance of MGR Fluid Power, it is also expected to help hydropower developers working with Newmills Engineering to boost profit levels significantly by selling the electricity back to the National Grid under existing Feed-In Tariffs.
After seeing some of the bespoke work that MGR is capable of delivering, we were eager to engage with them again on this project,” said Simon Taylor, commercial director at Newmills Engineering. As a UK manufacturing business, it is crucial to us that we engage with UK-based suppliers and MGR rapidly understood our particular demands, and developed us a solution in only a matter of months.”
Hydro power presently produces roughly 20 percent of the world’s electricity, and 90 per cent of total renewable power. Since hydropower has been used for more than 150 years, it is a more environmentally friendly option to wind and solar power generation. Projects such as the Trent Valley Hydroelectric Project have created jobs and revenue for a wide range of businesses and suppliers across the United Kingdom. For instance, nearly 80% of Newmills Engineering’s supply chain is located in the United Kingdom.
Mr. Retford added: “The implications of Newmills’ involvement in the Trent River project are enormous, and we are proud to be a part of them.” Because hydropower is such a dependable and long-lasting renewable energy source, it is critical that our hydraulic systems be just as dependable and long-lasting. Along with the rest of the UK’s manufacturing supply chain, it’s an honour to be a part of a UK hydropower programme.
Hydro power, because of its location-specific advantages, is a low-cost energy source over the long term. Hydro power plants harness a variety of natural resources, such as the flow of rivers, canals, and tidal changes, and have enormous potential for the future.
Furthermore, the Trent River project will help the UK meet its 2020 goal of increasing renewable energy generation to 15% of total generation. It will be shown in the National Water Sports Centre as a demonstration of hydro power’s efficiency and durability, as well as MGR’s specialised, unique hydraulic power system, after it is completed.