Website Updates (May 2019)

It gives us great pleasure to confirm that the Phase 1 website updates are now complete. Here is a taste of some of the changes that have been applied over the past month:

  1. Home – This page has been revamped to provide a succinct summary of who we are as an organisation in 2019, our potted history and our objectives for the future. Features include a new banner graphic of Ludford Mill, a 3D chart showing up-to-date hydro-electric generation figures and links to related-interest websites, including a satellite view of the LHC’s operation at Ludford Mill.
  2. The Scheme – This page has been rewritten to bring it up-to-date with our operation in 2019. Features include updated photos, additional schematic drawings, a performance summary and the relocation of our Vimeo video from the Home page.
  3. News – Whilst there have been no significant changes here, we have shared news of our website plans and outlined the approach to our implementation of those changes.
  4. About Us – This page has been restructured with director profiles now sitting behind, rather than alongside, each photo. The list of directors has also been brought up-to-date to reflect changes in appointment agreed at the recent AGM. New features include a location map and updated photo of Ludford Mill.
  5. Downloads – This page has been completely revamped. Broken links have been repaired and a large amount of new content has been added. New features include access to previous AGM meeting packs, key documents and related-interest topics.

Following the success of this implementation, we are pleased to report that Phase 2 of our delivery is now underway. Being our ‘business as usual’ phase, this will include monthly updates to the Generation Figures chart, to enable members and interested parties, to keep track of our progress in hydro-electric generation throughout the year.

We will also be working on feasibility plans for some further more complex enhancements to the website. If these subsequently come to fruition, they will form our Phase 3 updates, for ad hoc delivery sometime in the future. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy the applied changes and don’t forget to visit the website again from time to time, to check for further updates. Many thanks for your continued interest and, for supporting the work of the Ludlow Hydro Co-Operative.

Website Updates (April 2019)

When we first launched the Ludlow Hydro Co-Operative website in 2013, it was designed to promote the launch of the Co-Operative and to share news about the group’s plans to generate hydro-electricity from the Horseshoe Weir at Ludlow.

Things have moved on since then and, over the coming months (building on the success of that original undertaking), we will be bringing the website content up-to-date with news of the Co-Operative’s fully operational work, as it stands today in 2019.  The updates will be applied, following a phased delivery plan:

  • Phase 1 – Apply basic updates immediately to bring the site up-to-date.
  • Phase 2 – Apply ad hoc ‘Business As Usual’ updates throughout the year.
  • Phase 3 – Apply more ambitious updates once more detailed feasibility work has been conducted.

Following the Co-Operative’s AGM last month (26/03/2019), we are happy to report that Phase 1 is now underway.  Please bear with us, as we apply further updates over the coming months and don’t forget to revisit the website from time to time, to check for changes.  In the meantime, many thanks for your continued interest and, for supporting the work of the Ludlow Hydro Co-Operative.

AGM 2017

On the 29th of June 2017, The 3rd AGM was held at the Charlton Arms and the meeting approved the 2016 accounts.

Board elections were held and the board remains the same as last year.

Latest generation figures

The turbine has been running well since being turned on in the spring – latest meter reading is 69,675 generated between commissioning and 30th September, a capacity factor of about 67% which is excellent considering that this corresponds to mainly the summer low water time of year.

Turbine in place

The Archimedes Screw turbine is now in place – it arrived last week with some very precise crane work! Installation work is now underway with a target commissioning date of 20th April

Archimedes Screw arrives on site

We’ve arrived at the most exciting part of the project with the Archimedes Screw now on site and awaiting installation shortly

Many thanks to Marches Biogas who have held the Archimedes screw assembly on their yard until ready to go to site. Some people have asked about the cladding on the screw channel – it will go on after the screw is in place; the river has been to high to complete these works over the winter. See the plans for an idea of how it will look when complete

October update

The civil engineering work started on the hydro turbine in the second week in August and the schedule was that by the second week in October the main enclosure walls would be complete, with stop logs top and bottom, which would allow us to remove the temporary cofferdam and retreat out of the river itself. This work proceeded smoothly, with an slippage of about a week, but we are on course to withdraw from the river and remove the cofferdam imminently.

Once this is done, we can continue to work on the detail within the enclosure protected by the stop logs, and the weir will be returned to normal operation.

Over the next few months( between now and January) we will be working on the more detailed work (building an enclosure for the electrical control gear, putting in place steel work in the form of sluice gates, screens and walkways, laying electrical cables and hydraulic lines, ready for the turbine to be delivered and put in place probably in January.