Old water mills: Britains new source of energy?
Müller, G. and Kauppert, K. (2002) Old water mills: Britains new source of energy? Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Civil Engineering, 150, (4), 178-186. (doi:10.1680/cien.18.104.22.168629).
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Britain's 20 000 disused watermills could be brought back to life as micro-hydrostations generating up to 1000 MW of electricity thanks to a renewed interest in waterwheels, particularly in Germany Though slightly less efficient than modern low-head turbines, both overshot and undershot waterwheels are much cheaper to build, install and maintain and can operate in a wider range of flow conditions and with a head as little as 0.5 m. Archimedian screws working in reverse have also proved very efficient and durable low-head generators, This paper reviews the latest developments in Germany and the potential for application in the UK.
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||doi:10.1680/cien.22.214.171.124629|
|Keywords:||history, hydraulics & hydrodynamics|
|Subjects:||T Technology > TC Hydraulic engineering. Ocean engineering
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
|Divisions:||University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
|Date Deposited:||28 Jun 2006|
|Last Modified:||06 Aug 2015 02:33|
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