Torrs Hydro is run entirely by volunteers. Amongst them are engineers, health
and safety specialists, teachers, community workers, computer whizz kids
etc, etc, basically just ordinary folk with a passion for green technology. Do
you have time to spare to help Archie?
If you are interested please contact the Secretary - firstname.lastname@example.org
- The daily checks on the site
- Work parties to unblock and clean up Archie
- Show organised groups around the site (mostly Monday to Friday)
- The administration of our Community Benefit Society (the company structure we use)
- Archie Back in Action!
Archie’s bottom bearing has now been replaced and he is back in action generating clean, green electricity. Volunteers have been busy in recent weeks ensuring that the mechanical repair was able to take place. There has been much manual spadework, clearing accumulated debris; brain work and decision making on strategy; negotiating with contractors and hours spent in waders in cold dirty water!
Directors and Shareholders owe the volunteers a great debt of thanks.
There are still some jobs to be done on site to finish, but for now at least, we are able to take advantage of the wet summer to keep Archie turning!
The AGM was held on April 23rd and as usual was supported by our shareholders. Following the business part of the meeting a talk was given by Tree Station. Their website is well worth looking at as they are doing a great job!
- Open Days 2016
As part of New Mills Festival there is an Open Day on Saturday September 24th from 1pm to 3pm.
Directors and volunteers will be on site in The Torrs to show you around the project and answer any questions you may have.
- Archie makes a good read!
Fans of Stephen Booth’s series of books based in the Derbyshire area, may
have already read The Murder Road. It is set around New Mills and features
some local landmarks, one of which is our very own Archie. If you like the
crime genre, then it’s definitely worth reading, but be aware that it is entirely
- Archie's Tile
Archie now has a 'virtual tile' on the New Mills School's fundraising roof. Tiles cost £5 each and anyone can buy them!
- Community Power
Torrs Hydro is an example of the power of communities to take action and begin to address the challenges that climate change presents to us all. We are a community owned and community funded organisation. For more on our community involvement click here...
- Green Power
Our reverse Archimedes screw turbine (known as Archie) is designed to produce around 240 000 kWh of electricity over a typical year. This is the equivalent of the annual electricity consumption of around 50 typical British homes and saves over 150 tonnes of CO2 emissions compared to conventional electricity generation. And it is all fish-friendly!Watch this video about fish moving through an Archimedes screw.
For more on our technology click here...
- Torrs Hydro New Mills Limited
Torrs Hydro New Mills Limited was incorporated in 2007 as an Industrial and Provident Society which operates for the benefit of the community. For more on the company click here...
- HE DID IT!
Archie passed the 1,000,000 kWh mark for total electricity generated at 6:07am on Wednesday April 8th! Torrs Hydro volunteers gathered to watch that magic row of zeroes come up and celebrate briefly before heading off to work.
- New Share Issue
A new share issue was approved at the AGM to raise funds to retire our loan and place the project on a sound financial footing. More details.
- Inspiring Artists
Local band Blues Party have been inspired to write the song "Archie Spins Again" by the very special atmosphere of the Torrs Gorge. This recording is © and ℗ monkeyass music 2009. All rights reserved.
Archie has been part of the inspiration for New Mills group Write Van Men to release an album called Goodbye Watford Bridge Road - further details - or listen to 'Archie' on YouTube.
If blogs are your thing, we have a blog. Click here for the latest thoughts...