English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues erected the turbine as its flagship location on Windermere, Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa, using natural water from a fellside beck.
An 860-metre conduit transports water at up to 79 litres per second to the turbine, which is housed in a Lakeland-style dry stone structure designed to mix in with the surrounding landscape.
The hydropower system is completely automated, with the turbine regulating the flow through the jets based on the amount of available water. It is projected to have a power output of 53kW to 60 kW in order to create 180MWh to 200MWh of electricity each year, which is comparable to power 50 houses.
“Run-of-the-river hydroelectric projects like this are more ecologically benign, and we have gone through a comprehensive environmental checklist to guarantee that they are no detrimental environmental consequences and that landscape and animals are unaffected.”
The Kinetic energy of water flowing downhill is used to drive a turbine, which generates electricity. One significant benefit of hydro energy over wind or solar electricity is that it is continuous and less dependent on changing weather conditions. It also has the capacity to adapt extremely fast to changes in demand.
English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues have collaborated on the project with the Lake District National Park Authority and the Environment Agency.
For its venues, the hotel company has earned the Green Key international ecolabel, an international recognition for its dedication to sustainability and ecotourism.