Hydro Energy Feasiblity in Midlothian – Special Event

VENUE   Edinburgh College Midlothian Campus,
Dalhousie Road, Eskbank, EH22 3FR

DATE      Saturday 8th November 2014, 9.45 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Hydro Energy  Potential on the South EskA one day conference organised by the Midlothian Federation of Community Councils on the feasibility of developing hydro energy in Midlothian.

For further details or to register please contact Malcolm Spaven, tel 0771 044 7378 or email MidlothianHydro@outlook.com or download the Hydro conference registration form word document.
0945-1000 Registration
1000-1010  Welcome and introduction  Councillor Ian Baxter
1010-1030  The history of hydro power in Midlothian  
1030-1050 The benefits and costs of hydro power
1050-1110 Technical feasibility: identifying the hydro resource in Midlothian   Jim Campbell  (SAC Consulting)
1110-1130 Coffee break
1130-1150 Technical feasibility: different hydro technologies and their applications   Douglas Henderson (Napier University)
1150-1210  Practical experience: installing and operating hydro turbines on Scottish Water assets    Claire Chapman (Scottish Water)
1210-1230  Practical experience: Harlaw Hydro  Simon Dormer (Harlaw Hydro)
1230-1250  Practical experience: other community hydro  
1250-1350  Lunch
1350-1430  Ownership options: public-private, local authority, community, co-operative  Paul Phare (Energy4All), Andy Maybury (Community Energy Scotland), Vijay Bhopal (Scene Consulting)
1430-1510  Funding sources and mechanisms
1510-1530  Tea break
1530-1630  Panel session: identifying the next steps
1630-1645  Agreement on actions


What is hydro energy?

Hydro energy – the generation of electricity from the power of water and gravity – is taking off in the UK. As part of the drive to reduce our dependence on climate-damaging fossil fuels to generate our electricity, hydro offers carbon-free and sustainable energy. Hydro power is flexible – it can be generated from sources ranging from quite small burns right up to major projects at dams and reservoirs. The smaller projects are ideally suited to community-based and community-owned schemes.
What can we do to explore the potential for hydro energy in Midlothian?
Midlothian has significant hydro power potential, with two substantial rivers running through the county. The North Esk provided hydro power for much of Midlothian’s paper, explosives and other industries over hundreds of years. The South Esk has several former mills and a number of reservoirs with a significant head of water.
There are numerous examples around the UK of modern hydro power technology being successfully established in areas that require sensitivity to environmental impact, leisure access and cultural heritage. Hydro power from Midlothian’s river and reservoir assets has the potential to deliver significant savings in greenhouse gas emissions, the creation of local jobs, innovative community-based ownership and control and the enhancement of former mill and industrial sites as community and visitor attractions.

The aim of the conference

Midlothian’s Community Councils have collaborated to organise this conference with the aim of bringing together technical experts, funding and support bodies, community organisations and Midlothian Council to find out what we need to do to develop hydro power in Midlothian and how communities can get involved.

For further details contact the organisers at     MidlothianHydro@outlook.com

Click to download the Hydro conference registration form word document.


Hydro Energy  Potential on the South Esk


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