Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

New Hydro-Electric Plant to Power Sewage Works

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

New Hydro-Electric Plant to Power Sewage Works

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A NEW hydro-electric plant could soon be powering a sewage works if plans get the go-ahead.

H2O Power Ltd has applied for permission to install the plant at Bolton Waste Water Treatment works, at Red Rock Lane, in Stoneclough.

Proposals for the 50 kilowatt plant, next to Ringley Weir, include the installation of an Archimedes screw turbine, replacement of the existing sluice system and construction of a retaining wall.

A power house brick building will be built on top of the turbine, which will contain the generators and other electrical equipment.

The works, which discharge into the River Irwell, are run by water company United Utilities, which aims to consume all of the electricity produced by the turbine on-site.

Steve Slavin, infrastructure manager for United Utilities, said the plant would increase the amount of renewable energy the treatment works uses, saving the company money while keeping customer bills sustainable. …

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