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We re-purposed this 140 year old wheel to generate and export power back to the grid in 2007/8. 10 years on and its made well over 100,000kWh energy, most of it exported .. generation matches flow availability, we could process more but the axles at its limit and the wheel floods .. efficiency is very high, the gearbox and generator silent, its a capacitor excited induction generator with integral flow management and grid tie cabinet. The system hinges around the ponds water level, the original wheel control sluice is reused.
This is a beautifully engineered large wheel running well within its capabilities, the iron structure is much more than functional, a look in detail shows considerable artisan and design skills ..
we believe this is the largest wheel on a domestic property in UK
Jun 13, 2017