Europe's largest electricity generating waterwheel

From a Waterfall to a Cup of Tea, thanks to Britain’s Largest Electricity Generating Waterwheel

How do you power a tea room using a waterfall? Here at the National Trust we’ve found the solution, and it combines historic technology with twenty-first century innovation. At Aberdulais Tin Works and Waterfall in Wales, Europe’s largest electricity generating waterwheel is producing enough clean, green energy to power the whole site. Caught on camera…

The social benefits of community energy

New research by The National Trust highlights that community owned renewables do deliver social benefits in addition to economic and environmental ones. In the space of forty years the Welsh village of Abergwyngregyn saw its social fabric slowly ebb away. It lost the cornerstones of its local society – its shops, petrol station and pub.…

Invitation To Join Our Snowdonia Hydro Tour

On September 8th the National Trust is hosting a free Hydro Tour in Snowdonia as part of the ‘Community Energy Fortnight’, which aims to engage communities with local energy possibilities and inspire others to generate and save energy.   Hydro schemes are an integral part of the community energy projects in Snowdonia and the Mountain…

From industrial revolution to green revolution at historic Quarry Bank Mill

Historic views at The National Trust’s historic Quarry Bank, near Manchester, are set to be restored with a pioneering green energy project that its founder, early British industrialist and entrepreneur Samuel Greg, would no doubt have admired. The partnership project between the National Trust and the Environment Agency will provide a new source of electrical…