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 ICE - Civil Engineering, 150, (4), pp. 178-186. (doi:10.1680/cien.150.4.178.38629).

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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.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1680/cien.150.4.178.38629
ISSNs: 0965-089X (print)
Keywords: history, hydraulics & hydrodynamics
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ePrint ID: 39487
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2002Published
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2017 21:55
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/39487

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