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100 Year Old Dam Will Generate Green Power

Linton Falls, a hydroelectric dam in Grassington, England, was first built in 1909 - a time when oil lamps were the norm. It was decommissioned in 1948 after light bulbs became commonplace and the region got a main power supply. Since then, it's been kept as a historic monument.

Recently, though, Linton Falls is being reexamined. A study published by English Heritage (a group dedicated to protecting and promoting English historic sites) argues that the dam, as well as other historic sites, can play a significant role in carbon reduction. And so, the Linton Falls dam will run once again and produce emission-free electricity.

The technology being used is an adaptation of the ancient Archimedes Screw (pictured above), a large screw that was designed to carry water upwards as it turned. The Linton Falls plant will reverse that concept: the adjacent Wharfe River will flow downwards through two screws, spinning them fast enough to generate energy for 100 homes. Each screw is 35 feet long and six feet wide. The plant will generate about 510,000 kilowatt hours of electricity each year, saving around 216 tons of carbon dioxide emissions compared to equivalent fossil fuel-powered generation.

The project is scheduled to be finished by next summer and up to levitra online canada no prescription 50 other old mill sites could be up and running next if the Linton Falls site is successful.

Via Daily Mail, Halifax Courier

Image via Creative Commons

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wha ?
written by Brian, November 04, 2008
510,000 kilowatt hours?
did you mean 510 megawatt hours or 510 kilowatt hours?
written by Clinch, November 04, 2008
He means 510 megawatt hours (a lot of non-geek people don't know what megawatts are, so the non-tech sources give the best price for viagra numbers in kilowatts).
510 megawatts?
written by Pandwe, November 26, 2008
I am sure Peg meant 510 kilowatts which is probably enough for 100 small homes. 510 MW is probably enough for tens of real viagra online without prescription thousands of city homes.

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