• 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...

  • Winer season
    The rainy season is here! Regular visitors will know that over recent years, the water levels here, at the confluence of the River Sett and the River Goyt can fluctuate. In order to generate, there needs to be about 120mm to 350mm of water going over the weir. Too little means no generation, too much means no generation. Archie is a one speed reverse Archimedean screw! As one of the first adopters of this technology, Torrs Hydro has been able to pass on the do’s and don’ts of renewable hydro electricity to other schemes. Further down the Goyt is Stockport Hydro, another community owned project which has two smaller screws (Thunder and Lightening) that can run at a variable speed. The technology improves and community projects like Torrs Hydro, all the investors, shareholders and volunteers have shown that it can be done and that small schemes like ours can generate clean, green electricity.

  • March 2020
    Despite all the recent storms, which have flooded the scheme, it has been a productive generating season. Archie’s Angels have tackled all that has been left by storms Ciara, Dennis and Jorge to keep Archie running as much as possible. So far we have generated over 1.35m kWh. In January alone, we generated 25,359kWh.
    “Archie’s Angels” are a group of volunteers who have been instrumental at keeping the screw turning. They come together to help clear inlets and the river of any blockages.
  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Annual General Meeting
    TThe AGM for 2020 reporting on the year from October 2018 to September 2019 will take place on Saturday April 28th at 11am registration from 10:30am. It is at the usual venue, the Revive Church, High Street, New Mills.

Torrs Hydro and Torr Weir
  • Volunteers
    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?
    • 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)
    If you are interested please contact the Secretary - secretary@torrshydro.org

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