Valleys meeting to look at ways of using water technology

Caddonfoot Research Centre Stan opened by Water Engine Technologies Ltd at the former primary school site.
Caddonfoot Research Centre Stan opened by Water Engine Technologies Ltd at the former primary school site.

The Ettrick and Yarrow Community Development Company will look at a new form of hydro power before holding its second AGM in Kirkhope Hall.

The evening, open to everyone and starts at 7pm on Tuesday, November 24, will kick off with a talk from Euan Hogg of Water Engine Technologies, which is now headquartered in the old school at Caddonfoot.

Mr Hogg will give a presentation on this new way of harnessing hydro power from the region’s rivers and other waterways, which could be suited to the types of watercourse found in the valleys.

Water Engine Technologies (WET) is a new venture which has been established to develop the new hydropower technology, called the water engine.

It is especially suited to low flows and where there is little fall, which means it can be used in places where it is not financially viable to other hydro systems.

It can also be used in river courses and, as it does not use an Archimedes screw, there is no impact on fish.

The AGM will be led by Sir Michael Strang Steel, who is the current chairman, and will include a look back at what has been achieved in the last year, including opening the circular walk around St Mary’s Loch.

There will also be a look ahead to possible future projects in both Ettrick and Yarrow valleys.