ENGINEERING - The story of boosting renewable energy sources by scaling down
We know that nuclear is not up-to-scratch, fossil fuels need to be finished and coal is stuck in the last century. Although a lot of damage has been done to Planet Earth through those aforementioned non-renewable forms of energy, we are all on a bit of a clean-up hype and hydropower is now accounting for around 40% of the UK’s renewable energy produced. However, unlike wind turbines and solar panels, you can’t just rock up anywhere with a big hydropower dam. Until now, the equipment has simply been too big.
Given that, over the course of 150 years, hydropower is actually one of the most cost-effective methods of renewable energy production, it seemed like there was a bit of a gap in the market for new kit. One plucky and innovation-minded company set about the unenviable task of constructing a key part of dam kit on a smaller and lighter scale without the need for extensive maintenance. It opens up the opportunity for more and more sites to start producing hydropower energy which had previously been discounted. Dam good stuff.