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Using a flow meter to measure water flow
Flow gauging a potenial watercourse
This stage of the project involves working up the scheme in much more detail and most importantly undertaking initial discussions with the regulatory authorities (SEPA, SNH and planners) and the local DNO (electricity grid provider). These discussions are fundamental in establishing whether a scheme is feasible and if conducted well should mean a relatively smooth process when formal permissions are sought. The technical side is also developed further and type of turbine, intake structure and pipe are defined. This work, along with discussions with potential contractors allows us to develop a detailed cost analysis of the project. We also conduct a number of in river flow measurements to corroborate the flow prediction given by the software models.
The individual elements of the feasibility study and report are:
The order of this project work will be tailored to your requirements and to the specific challenges of your scheme. For example, if it is believed that regulatory permissions will be the major hurdle, then we may discuss the project with SEPA first and proceed with the other elements once we have had positive feedback. In taking this approach we aim to save you money should the project not be viable.› Back