Generation hits half a million kWh

The new financial year has got off to a flying start, with more than 50,000 kWh being generated in the first six weeks and bringing total generation to the half a million kWh mark.

It’s great to see the hydro consistently generating near maximum output for significant periods of time, making the most of the river conditions. It’s been a good start to new financial year, and a contrast to last year’s dry conditions, which saw annual output at the lower end of our anticipated annual range.


Filming at the hydro

Keep your eyes open for Osney Lock Hydro on your telly this autumn. We were delighted to host a film crew making a series looking at the Thames from source to sea. As well as sharing the story of the project, we got the presenter hard at work cleaning the trash screen for us. Watch out for the series to see if who he was and if he had a cunning plan for removing debris from the front of the screen.

Hosting Oxford Climate Change Conference delegates

We were delighted to welcome delegates from the Oxford Climate Change Conference down to the hydro for a tour.

The conference brought together towns and cities across the UK and the rest of Europe who are committed to tackling climate change. Its aim was to strengthen our understanding of the issues, our support for each other and our effectiveness in combatting global warming.

It was great to be able to share our story with people from across Europe. inside_powerhouse

Photo credit: Martin Stott

Perks of the job

One of the benefits of being part of the maintenance team is getting to see the river in its ever changing moods. This morning was no exception with mist rising of the river on a frosty morning.  If you’d like to get involved, do get in touch or sign up to join our ‘maintenance flash mob’

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Sign up for our hydro flash mob

With the experience of three autumns of generation under our belts, we are discovering that there are brief periods in the year when we need extra hands to help us keep the trash screen clear.  If you are happy to join our hydro ‘flash mob’ please sign up here.

There is no commitment beyond being happy to receive the very occasional email to see if you can help. Helping will usually involve half an hour of your time either first thing or lunchtime, usually acting as ‘banksperson’ for one of our regular trash screen clearance team.


Trash screen clearing makes an excellent post Christmas work out.

French Lycée visit rounds off a successful 2017 visitors programme

We were delighted to welcome students from Nantes Lycée Livet to the hydro on 21 December.  The group of 16 students and teachers were our final guided tour of the year, which has seen our volunteer guides share the story of the hydro with over 200 visitors as part of the 20+ free guided tours we have conducted this year.

As well as the ever popular Oxford Open Doors tours, we hosted a number of successful tours as part of the Low Carbon West Oxford 10th Anniversary celebrations. We were also thrilled to host our first primary school trip, and a number of other bespoke tours for a number of clubs, students and councils.

Our 2018 tour programme starts up again on January 23 – you can book your free place via our guided tours page.

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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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