Local Energy Scotland - Challenege Fund in conjunction with Energise Galashiels
Energise Galashiels Trust is a community group set up with the aim of encouraging regeneration and development within Galashiels. The group has developed a Zero-Carbon Strategy in consultation with a wide range of stakeholders. The Energise Galashiels Local Energy Challenge Fund project is part of this zero carbon vision.
Energise Galashiels project aims to unlock the potential of the energy held in the waterways in the Borders. The aim to revive the caulds and mill lades of the Gala Water as an energy source for Galashiels. A key challenge is that the energy potential of rivers throughout the area can be difficult to capture; they have relatively low water head heights and there is a lack of suitable technology to use in these circumstances.
The Trust will use the funding to assess the feasibility of using an innovative hydro generation technology ‘the Water Engine’ as a solution to this challenge. The project could provide a demonstrator that, if successful, may be applicable to many other waterways in the town, across the Borders and in other areas of Scotland
Water Engine Installation on the Ale Water at Newhall Farm, Scottish Borders
Water Engine Technologies has been granted planning permission to install a run-of-river Water Engine unit on the Ale Water, a tributary of the River Tweed. The team planned to install a 15kW rated machine at this site. Discussions with SEPA, SNH and the River Tweed Commissioners are ongoing regarding the construction design method.
Water Engine Technologies plan to begin construction of this unit in early Spring. This unit will be wholly owned and operated by Water Engine Technologies and will be used to showcase the unit operating in-situ.