• 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
    Visitors to the Torrs will have noticed that Archie has not been generating this winter despite some rain. An electrical safety condition reported at the end of November 2018 highlighted problems with the earthing of the system. It was unsafe to generate. The problem has been identified and remedial works have now taken place. However, despite lost opportunities for generation, which all at Torrs Hydro dislike, the actual loss has not been much. The rivers have been low as it has been a fairly dry season and reservoirs have taken some time to fill up after the very hot summer of 2018.
    The winter season has also proved relatively dry and we move into high summer with some showers but nothing like consistent rain. Rain dance anyone? We look forward to generating clean, green electricity soon.

  • 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

  • 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
  • Events down on site
    Torrs Youth festival will be using the area around the Torrs Hydro project for what is fast becoming an annual event. On Sunday July 7th 2019, young people are invited to a free event between 12pm and 6pm. Music, discussion, crafts and activities are all available. Visit their facebook page at Torrs Youth Festival for more details.

  • One World Festival
    Saturday July 6th 2019 sees another annual New Mills event that is organised and run entirely by local volunteers. The One World Festival in High Lea Park, St Mary’s Road, was established in 1990 and always proves a popular and successful day. With stalls, food, activities and music, this year’s theme is “The seeds of change”. The festival runs from 12pm to 6pm and is free of charge, although of course donations are always welcome. See the website oneworldfestival.org for further details.
    Torrs Hydro won’t be having a dedicated stall this year. Sadly, directors are all busy elsewhere or are wearing “different hats” at the festival. There will however, be a small display of information and leaflets on a shared stall. See if you can spot it!

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