Hydro scheme - Cashel Forest Project

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Hydro Electric at Cashel    

Cashel Forest and DHG hydro Ltd are working together to build a small hydroelectric scheme which will generate clean, renewable electricity using water from Cashel Burn. Electricity from the scheme will provide a long-term income for the forest and support the work we do in restoring and regenerating Scotland's native woodlands, for all to enjoy.

Work will be taking place in the spring and summer of 2014 and will be completed by the end of the year.

How Hydro Electricity Works

Some of the water from the burn is directed into a buried pipe. This takes the water down the hill to a turbine within the 'Powerhouse'.
The water pressure turns the turbine, and this generates electricity. All the water is returned back into the burn, and the electricity is fed into the national grid.

Unlike the big hydro schemes that were built all over Scotland in the 50's and 60's, there is no dam or water storage and the amount of water going into the pipe will vary according to how much water is in the burn.
A minimum amount of water is left in the burn at all times to ensure that plants and animals can continue to thrive.

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