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Windsor Castle To Begin Using Hydro-Power Soon

Windsor Castle has confirmed it will soon begin using hydro-power, years after it was announced energy from the Thames would be harnessed.

Two giant water turbines were installed at Romney Weir on the Thames in Berkshire in December 2011 to supply electricity to Windsor Castle. A Windsor Castle spokeswoman said the contract between the castle and Southeast Power Engineering will become effective once performance testing is completed.

The turbines have been tested and have already effectively produced energy. American Mr DeChambeau said he was very proud to be providing hydro-electricity for The Queen, “I’m going to have a dinner party story for the rest of my life,” he said.


The scheme included the recent installation of an 11,000-volt cable connecting the system to the castle. The project should have been completed in 2012 but was delayed after complications forced Southeast Power Engineering, which designed and built the turbines, to rethink where the cables should be installed.

The multi million-pound scheme will produce 2m kWh a year, which is enough to power 600 homes and surplus energy generated will be fed into the National Grid.

Information Source: BBC News
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