• Green Power
    Our reverse Archimedes screw turbine (known as Archie) is located at the confluence of two rivers, the Sett and the Goyt. Since he started generating in the summer of 2008, Archie has produced over 1,375 MWh of clean, green electricity that is sent directly to the nearby Co-op supermarket. Any surplus is fed into the National Grid.
  • Total power produced to end Dec 2020: 1,433.8 MWh
  • Power generated in 2019/20 financial yr: 136,113 kWh
  • Power produced in Dec 2020: 25,852 kWh
  • Archie is also surprisingly fish-friendly: watch this video showing fish moving through an Archimedes screw. A fish pass has been an integral part of the site from the beginning and there have been reports of trout above the weir for the first time in decades.

  • Planning for the Future: How you can help
    After 12 years, it is not surprising that Archie is showing a little wear around the edges. The Board has therefore authorized some much-needed maintenance, including work on the sluice gate and the hydraulic pump and updating the control system to comply with the new regulations for electricity network providers that come into force at the end of this year. We have also taken advantage of this opportunity to simultaneously upgrade the plant to variable speed operation, with the cost being partly covered by a grant and our existing contingency reserve and partly by a new share offering. For more details of the work being carried out, please see the December 2020 Newsletter..
    This is your chance to join the project! Just over 25,000 shares are being made available to the public for a limited period between now and January 31st, 2021. We particularly welcome applications from local residents who want to support our local green power generation scheme. As of January 6th, applications for 11,000 shares have been received by the Secretary.
Torrs Hydro and Torr Weir

Archie was shut down on Sunday 22nd November to allow our stalwart band of volunteers, Archie’s Angels, to clear everything out of the engine house to enable work to commence on the upgrades described on the left. Archie had already generated 14,117 kWh in November when we had to shut him down, so it went against the grain to shut down for two weeks with a full river, but like all good medicine if it tastes nasty, it’s probably good for you!
The work on the sluice gate was completed at the end of October (thank you LSP!), and it is now moving much more smoothly.