• 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...

  • Hydro Operations
    After the driest spell of weather that lasted for months, the heavens really opened during the weekend of 26-29th July. After the hottest day on record on the 25th July, the Northwest then got a month’s rainfall in those few days and so instead of drought, we had flood. Poor Archie!
    Never daunted, on Sunday 27th, our gallant volunteer, Nobby, got to grips with the torrent, cleared the fish pass of accumulated debris so a reading could be taken and managed to get 100kWh generated before the effort became too much for Archie. On Monday 28th July as the rain and head of water started to ease, Archie was again up and running.
    But you can have too much of a good thing! It carried on being rainy in High Peak, some of it very heavy. This has resulted in the unsettling situation at Toddbrook Reservoir in Whaley Bridge and has also left Archie under water. Click on the thumbnail pictures below to see the full size pictures of the water flow.

    The river Goyt in flood through Archier
    The river Goyt in flood through Archier
  • 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
    Torrs Hydro hosted a well attended AGM on Saturday April 6th 2019. Business was brisk and lively discussions were held. All will be reported in the AGM minutes. New and returning directors of the board were approved. The directors were particularly pleased to see the attendance of a share holder who had travelled all the way from Kent for the meeting.
    An open day was held down at the project site after the AGM. It was a lovely day and well attended with plenty of interesting questions from visitors.

  • Farewell to Sean and Maggie
    It’s always sad to see directors and volunteers moving on from Torrs Hydro, but particularly so when two of the founding team members and long standing directors decided to call it a day. They had both been directors for over ten years each and stepped down at the AGM in April. Maggie’s technical skills and Sean’s negotiation and business acumen will be sorely missed. We wish them well.

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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