• 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...

  • October 2019
    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.

  • Archie’s Angels
    On a wet Sunday recently a group of volunteers gave an hour of their time to weed and clean up the site. A recent plea on our facebook page got a great response and “Archie’s Angels” were formed. It’s hoped that this group can get together as a working party on a few occasions a year to do those jobs that keep Archie looking good. Next up…..railings!
  • 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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