For over a decade, Teme Valley Heritage Engineers have been putting water to work.

This is nothing new of course as extant Roman remains can be found in the UK including watermills for grain grinding, however in the 21st century there has been a resurgence of interest in using natural resources to generate electricity using renewable methods. Using an old watermill building is a good start as often much of the expensive civil engineering has been completed during the mill's construction, and it is just a case of some refurbishment and having a generator plant installed. We have had experience and success with restoring exisiting wheels and have had these coupled to modern silent generators. This helps the restoration of a mill or wheel pay for itself twofold - by generating free electricity for the user in addition to government rebates in the form of feed-in tariffs.

We are currently investigating options for restoration and re-homing of old water turbines, and ultimately the manufacture of off-the-shelf turbines for electricity generation. These are far more efficient than waterwheels but can be installed unobtrusively at mill sites which are usually ideally located with good water flow. Further details will be posted as they become available.


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