We are delighted to report that as of Friday 17th March 2017 we have generated 1GWh of power, almost half our annual budget.
We were delighted to welcome under graduates from Dundee University to the Rumbling Bridge Community Hydro Site.
Hugh Wallace (Director) gave a tour of the pump room and hydro site and answered some very thoughtful and well prepared questions from the students.
The weather was also kind, to the relief of all involved!
The Open Day and launch event hosted on the 28th October 2016 was a huge success.
Local people along with members and industry professionals were invited to attend the event, which included a guided walk and a switching on ceremony at the pump house. The scheme was officially launched by Paul Wheelhouse MP – the Scottish Energy Minister.
An evening reception was held at Tullibole Castle by kind permission of Lord and Lady Moncrieff.
Visit the Gallery to see further pictures of the event.
The Rumbling Bridge Community Hydro Society
The official launch and AGM of Rumbling Bridge Community Hydro Society will take place Friday 28th October 2016.
Members and other invited guests will take a guided walk from the Crook of Devon Village Hall via the Weir, pipe route and Rumbling Bridge gorge to the Power House. The Scottish Energy Minister, Paul Wheelhouse will officially launch the project. A drinks reception will take place at the Village Hall , followed by the AGM.
Lord and Lady Moncrieff have kindly given permission for us to hold a members and landowners party at Tullibole Castle in the evening. Limited tickets were available and issued on a first come first served basis.
An open event for the community will be organised shortly to take place in Spring 2017.
Press Information – please download the press release below.
As the date for accreditation of the Feed-in-Tariff comes closer, work at the site continues at a pace. In order to qualify for the tariff which secures a revenue stream for the next twenty years, the site needs to be commissioned before 18th September 2016. The works programme has been carefully planned to ensure we meet this deadline and we are pleased to report that significant milestones have now been reached, however there have been some challenges.
Firstly the excavation work to be carried out in order to install the pipe at the necessary depth proved to be much harder than anticipated and extra teams were needed to dig out some stubborn rock towards the weir end of the trench. Importantly, the turbines have arrived from Slovenia and although they were three weeks late; they are currently being installed in the powerhouse. The civil works at the weir are complete and ready to receive water from the river. The final stage of the programme is to bring all these components together and commission the site. We are hoping the works will be complete and the Feed-in-Tariff accredited with Ofgem before our deadline, but as yet we cannot be certain of that. The whole team is working hard to achieve this and we will communicate the outcome once it is known for certain.
The Rumbling Bridge Board are planning to hold an open day once the site has been handed over, so local people and members of the Society will be invited to attend the official opening ceremony.
Civil works have progressed very well over the past month, with headline progress as follows:
• Powerhouse base and walls cast
• Bulk excavation of railway cutting complete and all but 1 rock blasts complete
• Pipelaying complete between powerhouse and steep slope, and steep slope works commenced
• Pipe laid from edge of chalet park as far as the surge chamber in the railway cutting
• Overall 25% of pipes are in the ground, and 4 out of 5 thrust blocks complete
• Intake river diversion almost ready for putting into service
The hydro plant remains on programme, with the start of installation scheduled as planned for the first
week in July.
The grid connection progressing to programme. a later connection date in late July has been agreed.
Work on the hydro scheme at Rumbling Bridge continues to go according to schedule. The main excavation of the railway siding has been complete and is ready for the pipes to be installed. There is a programme of rock blasting during April that will open up the trench towards the intake weir.
The foundations for the powerhouse are currently being laid. The pipe will be installed from here back toward the intake, so work on the slope up through the village will be starting soon.
Components for the turbine are currently being brought to the factory in Slovenia and we expect it to be delivered on time in early July by which time the powerhouse will be complete and ready to receive it.
It’s been a very wet few months but today provided a blessed respite as the eye of a low pressure system moved over the site. The weather has made life difficult for the contractors while they undertake the deep dig for the pipe route through Briglands Estate. The volume of water coming down through the field is hampering the efforts to remove material to the depths required.
Normally they would come back when the weather improves, however to meet our schedule we have to persevere otherwise we will fall behind. On better news, the pipes have started to arrive on site and the foundations for the power house have been dug. The latter has proved a much easier task than expected with the sandy soil conditions they found at the lower end of the works. We hope the weather will get better soon so our contractors don’t have to wade knee deep in the mire. We’ll keep you updated.