What is Hydro?
At its most simple, hydroelectric power can be described as the process of converting running water into electrical energy: water flows through a turbine which turns a generator, which produces electricity.
Although all hydro schemes share this basic set-up, there are variations:
These schemes use electricity to pump water uphill from one reservoir to another. Thereafter a pumped storage scheme acts like any other larger hydro plant. Pumped storage schemes can fill their reservoir during periods of low demand when we have cheaper or even excess electricity and then release it to generate power during times of high or peak demand.
Pumped storage works with variable energy generating sources, such as wind power, as it ensures that energy generated at low-demand periods, such as during the night, can still be utilised.
Why is Hydro Important?
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What is SR doing?
Scottish Renewables works with our members to promote the development of the hydro sector in Scotland.
We also work with the Scottish and UK Governments, their enterprise agencies, and other relevant organisations such as Scottish Natural Heritage and SEPA to secure the optimal conditions to maximise development of responsibly sited hydro schemes.
Much of our work is directed by Scottish Renewables’ Hydro Work Group which is made up of SR member companies who help shape the direction of our work and provide invaluable input and expertise. For more information on the group please contact Joss Blamire.
SR recent achievements in the Hydro sector
Meet The Team
- Scottish Renewables Pumped Storage Position Paper
- Scottish Renewables and Renewable UK joint consultation response: Allocation of contracts for difference
- Scottish Renewables' response to the UKTAG GEP Mitigation Guidance Consultation
- Scottish Renewables’ response to Scottish Government consultation on draft National Planning Framework 3 and Scottish Planning Policy
- Hydropower: The Basics
- Calls for new hydro generation
- "Best-ever" year for Scottish renewables
- Project TransmiT delay – Scottish Renewables response to Ofgem announcement
- European Commission sets new 2030 renewable targets
- Engineering biggest skills gap facing Scottish renewable energy sector
- The Scottish Green Energy Awards Networking Reception
- SR Member's Summer Reception 2014
- The Scottish Green Energy Awards 2014
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Tel: 0141 353 4001