The Power House
Where all the clever stuff is hidden!
The Power House and automatic Sluice Gate (behind black casing!)
The Power House provides a secure, weatherproof building for the Gearbox, Generator, Control Panels, Data Recorder, FIT Meter, and Hydraulics that control the Automatic Sluice Gate.
The Automatic Sluice Gate is attached to the rear external wall of the Power House.
Water is drawn from the river, down the Head Race, through the Automatic Sluice Gate, under the Power House, down the Archimedes Screw and back into the river.
When the river level rises above the specified level, the Sluice Gate is automatically opened allowing water to flow down to Archimedes Screw to start it turning.
Electricity is now being generated!
A sophisticated control panel automatically controls the rotational speed of the screw to maximise the amount of electricity generated at the prevailing river level.
When the river level falls below the specified level, the Sluice Gate is automatically closed, and electricity generation is halted.
Inside the Power House: Control Panel, Gearbox, Generator
Inside the Power House: Top of Archimedes Screw, Gearbox, Generator
Inside the Power House: FIT Meter, Control Panel
Inside the Power House: Hydraulic System that controls the Automatic Sluice Gate, FIT meter