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Huge screw installed for pioneering Aberdeen hydro scheme

The new water turbine at Tillydrone gets put into place at Papermill Avenue, Aberdeen.
The new water turbine at Tillydrone gets put into place at Papermill Avenue, Aberdeen.

A key piece of equipment has been installed today for an urban community hydro energy scheme in Aberdeen.

The UK’s biggest Archimedes’ screw will be used to generate power from the River Don once the £1.2million Donside hydro scheme has been commissioned.

The project, managed by Aberdeen Community Energy (ACE), is thought to be the first of its kind in Scotland.

It’s expected to generate thousands of pounds each year in surplus profits for a local community fund and enough electricity to power the equivalent of 130 homes annually.

ACE is thought to be close to raising £500,000 from a public share offering that was launched earlier this summer to help fund the project.

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