Torrs Hydro

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Torrs Hydro
Closeup of the corkscrew obscured by a mesh for safety.

Torrs Hydro is a micro hydroelectric scheme, owned by the community, in New Mills, Derbyshire. It is located on the River Goyt, immediately after its confluence with the River Sett at the Torr weir. A 2.4-metre diameter reverse Archimedean screw generates up to 63 kW of electricity.


Torr weir was built across the Goyt, to provide a head for the Torr Mill which occupied the same site. Torr Mill burnt down in 1912.

On 20 September 2007 Torrs Hydro New Mills Limited, an Industrial and Provident Society for the benefit of the Community was formed, with shares were offered later in that year. Construction began on March 2008, and on 8 June the screw was delivered. It weighs 11 tonnes. Commissioning started in August and the scheme was handed over on 4 September 2008.

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Coordinates: 53°21′50″N 2°00′01″W / 53.3640°N 2.0003°W / 53.3640; -2.0003