Kinlochleven hydro Power Station
Kinlochleven operated in the Victorian times with one main dam, and three smaller dams. The smaller dams would only provide water to the turbines during rainfall when the burns were in spate, with the main dam providing water constantly but with the flow throttled when the smaller burns could be used.
The Victorians had brilliant technology to keep the smaller dams in operation but it required the permanent presence of an operator. With labour rates ever rising it was not economically viable to keep a manned presence at the valves on the small dams and they were mothballed.
For around 60 years only the main dam provided the water however, to ensure the water would not run out, the power station reduced its water consumption which lowered the amount of green energy being produced.
ACE worked with the client to provide automated penstocks and automated debris screens, which would regulate the water flowing from the small dams and prevent people from cleaning the screens, bringing them back online.
This has ensured that the hydropower station can produce even more green CO2 neutral power today than ever before; even when the Victorians were operating it, as the efficiencies of automated systems are higher than the “semi-automatic” ones of the past.