Owner of the Old Swan & Minster Mill in The Cotswolds, Lana de Savary, has welcomed the installation of a £200,000 Archimedes Screw at the venue.
The completion of work on the giant turbine signifies a major commitment to green energy at the hotel, which has three main function spaces, two able to accommodate 55 delegates theatre-style.
Environment and Science Minster Lord de Mauley came to switch on the turbine, a projected two years in the planning and construction and which includes a ‘fish pass’ to improve fish spawning grounds.
Based on Archimedes’ ancient screw pump design, a two-by-five-metre screw is turned as water flows through it, harnessing energy from the falling water. The technology enables the scheme to generate power of 48,000kwh/year.
The ‘micro hydro’ technology will also generate income for the hotel through a ‘Feed-in Tariff’.
De Savary, wife of international entrepreneur Peter de Savary, said: “We are delighted to be the first hotel in the country to invest in this latest technology with Hallidays. We continually look at every area of our business to become more considerate locally, nationally and globally.”
In the first quarter of 2014 hydo accounted for over 12 per cent of renewable electricity generated in the UK.
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