Barn Energy's new project at Kirkthorpe

A new low head hydro project is being built on the River Calder at Kirkthorpe, four miles east of Wakefield in West Yorkshire. Work on the project has started after Wakefield Council granted permission to Kirkthorpe Hydropower Ltd, a subsidiary of Barn Energy, to build and operate the scheme. When open later this year (2016), it will generate enough electricity to power 800 homes and will be Yorkshire’s largest-ever low head hydro-electric project. The £5.3m hydropower scheme will use the flow of the River Calder to power a single 500kW axial turbine that will generate around 2.3million units of carbon-free electricity per year, equivalent to the consumption of 800 households. It will ru

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