Green Technology Powers Iconic Historic Inn

Three Evance R9000 5kW wind turbines and a substantial battery backup system have been installed at the 500-year-old Kirkstone Pass Inn in the Lake District National Park by microgeneration experts Evance. The Inn is believed to be linked to an ancient 15th Century monastery, records for this building date back to 1496AD.

The Kirkstone Pass Inn. Photo by David Hall.

The Inn being off-Grid was in its ancient past candle lit with open fires. It had relied in modern times entirely on expensive  diesel generators for all electrical power resulting in diesel bills last year totalling some £25,000. With the Evance small wind turbines the owner can now take advantage of the Inn’s remote location at the picturesque summit of the Cumbrian Kirkstone Pass and harness the power of the wind.

Looking back to the Kirkstone Pass Inn. Photo by David Hall.

Owner John Jennings said “We simply had to look at alternative power sources or face inevitable closure. Although we are in a remote location, we wanted a solution appropriate for use within a National Park and one that would let us generate electricity in a more environmentally-friendly way. Using the energy generated by Evance’s turbines we are committed to cutting our diesel bills by at least 75%. I’ve been pleasantly surprised that the majority of visitors haven’t even noticed the turbines until they have been pointed out! New green technology powering an iconic historic inn is proving to be an interesting talking point at the bar.

Three Evance R9000 5kW windturbines installed at Kirkstone Pass Inn

Diesel generators produce a lot of carbon waste, as well as being noisy, so generating power using the turbines will dramatically reduce the use of diesel. The turbines alone will reduce the Inns’ CO2 emissions by over 22 tonnes per  year supporting a low-carbon Lake District.

Kevin Parslow, CEO of Evance Wind Turbines said “We’re delighted that the Inn, like so many other remote rural businesses and homes chose the R9000 small wind turbines to deliver a clear financial and environmental improvement on their existing energy generating systems. It’s good to know that this historic inn will be there for visitors in the years to come.”

The Kirkstone Pass Inn for the first time in it’s 500+ year  history has Power Without Pollution!

Note: Eco Evolution are resellers and installers of the Evance 5kW R9000 windturbine in Ireland.

Germany sets new solar power world record

German solar power plants produced a world record 22 gigawatts of electricity per hour – equal to 20 nuclear power stations at full capacity – through the midday hours on Friday and Saturday, the head of a renewable energy think tank said.

The German government decided to abandon nuclear power after the Fukushima nuclear disaster last year, closing eight plants immediately and shutting down the remaining nine by 2022.

They will be replaced by renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and bio-mass.

Norbert Allnoch, director of the Institute of the Renewable Energy Industry (IWR) in Muenster, said the 22 gigawatts of solar power per hour fed into the national grid on Saturday met nearly 50 percent of the nation’s midday electricity needs.

“Never before anywhere has a country produced as much photovoltaic electricity,” Allnoch told Reuters. “Germany came close to the 20 gigawatt (GW) mark a few times in recent weeks. But this was the first time we made it over.”

The record-breaking amount of solar power shows one of the world’s leading industrial nations was able to meet a third of its electricity needs on a work day, Friday, and nearly half on Saturday when factories and offices were closed.

Solar Power Generation Germany May 26 2012

Government-mandated support for renewables has helped Germany became a world leader in renewable energy and the country gets about 20 percent of its overall annual electricity from those sources.

Germany has nearly as much installed solar power generation capacity as the rest of the world combined and gets about four percent of its overall annual electricity needs from the sun alone. It aims to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2020.

Source: Reuters

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Practical On-farm Renewable Energy event at CAFRE’s Greenmount Campus 1st November 2011

Representatives from DARD, UFU and AFBI at the meeting to launch the Practical On-farm Renewable Energy event

Following on from its success in 2010, the “Practical On-farm Renewable Energy” event will be held once again on Tuesday 1st  November 2011 at Greenmount Campus. The event will run from 11.00am until 9.00pm in the evening.

DARD has again joined forces with the Ulster Farmers Union (UFU), and the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) to provide practical information for farmers and the rural sector about the various renewable energy options available for their businesses.

There will be a series of seminars throughout the day on each of the main renewable energy technologies; wind power, biomass production and utilisation, anaerobic digestion, solar hot water, micro-hydro and heat pumps.

A second series of seminars will deal with many of issues facing those considering installing a green energy source. Topics covered will include the proposed Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), grid connection, planning, NI Renewable Obligation Certificates (NIROC’s), marketing NIROC’s as well as finance and funding options.

In addition there will be a Trade Exhibition and the opportunity to tour the renewable energy installations at Greenmount Campus.

If you are interested in exhibiting in the trade stand area please contact CAFRE at or telephone 028 9442 6770. As space is limited it will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

For further details contact David Trimble at 028 9442 6682 or

As a result of feedback from attendees last year, a follow-up event will also be held at CAFRE’s Enniskillen Campus on 22 February 2012.


Seminar programme for CAFRE, 1 November 2011


Start Time Technology Seminar Speaker Meeting the Challenges Speaker
11.30 On-farm Energy Efficiency David Trimble Funding Gareth Gormley
12.00 Biomass

  • Production
  • Utilisation
  • Economics
  • RHI
  • Case study
 Alistair McCrackenLindsay EassonPeter Hutchinson

Simon Best

Grid connection Gerry Hodgkinson
12.30 Finance Trevor Finlay
13.00 Planning Permission Planning Service
13.30 Solar hot water Martin Mulholland Taxation Anne Douglas
14.00 AD 

  • Technology
  • Planning
  • Grid & PPA
  • Finance
  • Case study
  Nigel MoorePlanner

Andy McCrea

Trevor Finlay

Jim Torney

Renewable Heat Incentive Peter Hutchinson
14.30 NIROCs Michael Harris
15.00 Funding Gareth Gormley
15.30 Planning Permission Planning Service
16.00 Micro-hydro Eoin McCambridge Marketing NIROCs Jonathan Buick
16.30 Heat pumps David Trimble Grid connection Gerry Hodgkinson
17.00 Solar PV Greg Forbes Taxation Anne Douglas
17.30 Solar hot water Martin Mulholland Planning Permission Planning Service
18.00 Micro-hydro Eoin McCambridge Funding Gareth Gormley
18.30 Heat Pumps David Trimble NIROCs Michael Harris
19.00 Wind

  • Technology
  • Planning
  • Grid & PPA
  • Finance
  • Taxation
  • Case study
 Anita WattsPlannerAndy McCrea

Trevor Finlay

Anne Douglas

James Carson

RHI Peter Hutchinson

















Archimedean Screw Hydro Turbine – Old Technology New Application

The Archimedes Screw has been used for pumping water for over 2000 years. Applying the principle in reverse, the same equipment now offers a new method for generating power from water, providing a fish friendly and highly efficient alternative to a conventional turbine.

Each Archimedean Screw hydropower system is manufactured to be site-specific, with a choice of three designs – steel trough, closed compact and open compact – depending on which is the most appropriate and cost-effective for each individual site.

Closed Compact –  Key Benefits:

  •  Screw + trough + gearbox + generator are all assembled into a single unit at the factory.
  • Civil works on site reduced to a minimum.
  •  Installation time considerably reduced (approx 3-4 hours)

 Open Compact – Key Benefits:

  • Manufactured as a self-supporting U-shaped steel construction minimising necessary civils work on site.
  • Generator unit is an integral part of the construction, easily accessible via a weatherproof, hinged generator cover.

 Steel Trough – Key Benefits:

  •  Concrete foundation cast in situ.
  • Screw is supplied complete with its steel plate trough
  • Backed up with concrete after assembly and alignment.
  • Optimum clearance between trough and screw is guaranteed.
  • Civil works on site are reduced.

Closed Compact

Open Compact

Steel Trough

Eco Evolution are appointed agents in Ireland of Mann Power Consulting Ltd (UK) who specialise in the Archimedean Screw hydro turbine. The Archimedean screw hydro turbines are suited to low-head sites and are fish friendly.

As pioneers of Archimedean screw generating installations in the UK and Ireland, Mann Power believe that Rehart manufacture the best equipment on the market.