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Visit to Esk Hydro

December 20th, 2013 | 4:02 pm

It’s been a busy December for the CO2Sense team, but the site visit to the Esk hydropower scheme was a delightful break. It’s a well known community project in the UK and has been a shining example to others looking to develop similar schemes. Sitting on the edge of the River Esk near Whitby the scheme produces enough electricity to power approximately 48 houses.

The 50kW hydro scheme, commissioned in 2011 and developed by Esk Energy (Yorkshire) Ltd, received a £60,000 loan from CO2Sense in 2010. The scheme also launched a community share offer to raise further finance; enabling a varied cross section of the local community to benefit.

On Wednesday the 4th of December CO2Sense met with the group’s Chairman, Colin Mather, to undertake a joint inspection of the scheme and receive an operational update. We were more than pleased with the smooth operation of the project and glad to hear it had so far saved in excess of 47t of carbon dioxide since it was commissioned.

The CO2Sense investment will be repaid over the next 5 years from the income generated by the turbine.

CO2Sense are an experienced investor in renewable energy projects with a track record dating back to 2008. If you have a similar scheme you would like to develop, why not contact us for an informal chat.

To find out more or to keep up to date with the scheme, visit their webpage at


From left to right, the pictures below show the project from across the river Esk and the fish pass

Picture 1 - Turbine housing Fish pass


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