All go down on the river bank

Its been a busy old morning down on the river bank today. First a visit from a film crew from the Business Reporter keen to learn more about Osney Lock Hydro – watch this space for their report.

Filming was temporarily halted to cheer on a  world record attempt – a 185 mile charity rowing challenge from Lechlade, Gloucestershire to Southend Pier, Essex. We were delighted to be able to formally witness their successful arrival at Osney Lock and wish the team from Total Thames the best of success in completing their challenge in aid of the charity Combat Stress

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Celebrating a decade of award-winning community-led action on climate change

There are a fantastic range of free activities planned this autumn to celebrate 10 years of carbon cutting acting in West Oxford.

There’s a food festival, musical events, Hogacre harvest celebrations and tours.  You can see the full programme below and book your free places via the LCWO website.

For the past ten years, residents in West Oxford have been working hard to implement an award winning climate change project aimed at reducing their community’s CO2 emissions by 80% by 2050.

We have pioneered the idea of the double carbon cut in our emissions.  The first comes from the generation of renewable energy; the second comes from reinvesting the surplus income from the energy (from the FIT or Feed-in Tariff) to be used for further carbon cutting projects in the local community.

Come along and help celebrate!

Download the programme LCWO Leaflet

Second community-owned hydro on the Thames commissioned

Huge congratulations to the Low Carbon Hub for successfully commissioning the second community-owned hydro on the Thames.  Sited just a few miles down stream from Osney, the 440 MWp scheme comprises of three archimedean screws, and will generate 1.6 GWh clean green electricity every year.

Like Osney, the project also incorporates a fish pass, which will allow all species of fish in the river to migrate upstream from the Lasher Weir for the first time in nearly 400 years. The pass has both concrete and naturalised sections and will be the first of its type in England.

You can read more about the project here

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New tour dates and tickets announced

We are delighted that our Oxford Open Doors hydro tours have proved as popular as ever – with tours being fully booked more than a month before the actual event – despite the addition of an extra tour.

We love sharing the story of the hydro with visitors, so we’re recruiting additional guides for Open Doors and adding additional tickets and will be offering additional tour dates over the autumn.

The first new tour dates are

Monday 2nd October at 5.30pm book your ticket here

Thursday 12th October at midday  book your ticket here.

Wednesday 18th October at 5.30pm book your ticket here.

Maintenance morning: Sunday 23rd July

Can you spare an hour or two to help us with a spot of gardening and tidying down at the hydro any time between 10am and 1pm?  If so please get in contact. We have a constant stream of visitors to the site, so any help you can offer in keeping it presentable would be welcome. Please bring along gardening gloves and tools. 

Sandford hydro archimedes screws arrive

Wonderful to see the archimedes screws arrive downstream for the community-owned hydro being developed at Sandford-on-Thames.  The project will incorporate three screws and will generate a whopping 1600 MWh a year – enough for 450 households.

You can also see the moment they first arrived in the village yesterday here

You can keep up to date with their progress here.

The Sandford hydro team with the three achimedean screws

The Sandford hydro team with the three achimedean screws

Generation hits 300,000 kWh

With good generating conditions continuing on the river, we reached the 300,000 kWh generation point just before 9pm tonight.

FIT Meter clocks up another 100,000 kWh

FIT Meter clocks up another 100,000 kWh

This brings the generation for this current financial year to date to 201,682kWh or 112% of our full 12 months annual target.  Our financial year ends at the end of the month, so we hope to continue to see our annual target rise over the next few days.

Our continued thanks to our team of volunteers who visit the site every day to help keep the trash screen clear of debris. Keeping the mouth of the hydro clear helps ensure a maximum ‘head height’ at the hydro. This refers to the distance the water falls at the site. The larger the distance, the more power is generated.

Most of the debris comprises of twigs and leaves. However over the season the team has also fished out a flower pots, a bucket, plastic sheeting and fencing – and a leek.

Storm Doris keeps us busy

Storm Doris has been keeping us busy here at Osney Lock Hydro, filling the river with twigs and leaves which are then finding their way into the trash screen.

Throughout the autumn and winter, our team of volunteers visit the hydro daily and remove any debris from the trash screen which prevents items entering into the hydro. Usually this is nothing more than a twig or two, although we’ve also found black sacks, buckets, logs and on one occasion, a leek.

However, the recent strong winds have brought down large quantities twigs into the river, and we’ll be working over the weekend to remove the build up and clear the trash screen.

Osney Lock Hydro is entirely volunteer run. If you’d like to join our team in a regular, or ad hoc role, do let us know.

Clearing up after 'Doris'

Clearing up after ‘Doris’