An exciting new technology is cutting its teeth at Lilliesleaf – in the first project undertaken by a unique water engine.
Water Engine Technologies, based at the former Caddonfoot Primary School, is installing its innovative hydro electricity generator on land belonging to Newhall Farm Trust, near Selkirk.
Councillor Graham Garvie, the convener of Scottish Borders Council, went along last Wednesday to cut the first sod of the project.
Euan Robson, chairman of Water Engine Technologies, told The Southern: “We much appreciate Councillor Garvie’s personal interest in our unique device, the water engine, which can operate on a low and medium head of water.
“We are also grateful to Scottish Borders Council and SEPA for granting the necessary permissions.”
The company’s CEO, Stan Johnston, said: “Operating from our base at Caddonfoot, we aim to install a number of water engines in the Borders and further afield in Scotland in the next few months to deliver renewable electricity, both for our customers’ own use and to export to the grid.
“Beyond that, we see an export market for our machines.”
Mr Johnston added: “The water engine’s unique float and pressure technology means that it can operate efficiently in places where conventional water turbines and Archimedes screws cannot.
“Also, it can be adapted to pump and clean water, which will have major benefits in overseas markets.”
The company is working with several Borders communities with a view to making use of the watercourse infrastructure used so well by the mills 100 years ago.
The water engine is built next to the waterway, so no dam has to be built.
It also creates high-pressure fluid which can be used in a number of other applications, such as water irrigation, water treatment and desalination using reverse osmotic filters.