The Project: The first cleaning mechanism of it's kind in the UK
Harnessing the current of the River Calder, Kirkthorpe Weir Hydropower Station produces enough electricity for 800 homes and has gained recognition from high-profile figures such as Yvette Cooper, MP, and Deputy Chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission, Sir John Armitt.
But Yorkshire’s biggest hydroelectric project also required a speciali protective screen, designed to prevent litter, leaves and other debris from damaging the expensive equipment within the hydropower station. This would also be environmentally friendly, protecting the marine wildlife within the weir.
In addition, the screen would need continual cleaning to remove any debris and ensure a strong flow of water to the turbines. For this, a first of it's kind cleaning mechanism would need to be designed, manufactured and installed.
The project requirements
Design and manufacture of cleaning mechanism
Installation on site by our specialist site team
Manufacture of protective underwater screen
Continued routine maintenance of mechanism
Specially designed to protect marine wildlife