Dean Forest Railway 11 kW Hydropower Scheme

Details of the proposed scheme:

System type: Crossflow Turbine Power output: 11 kW
Developer: Dean Forest Railway Co. Ltd Design Conditions: H = 4.5 m
Q = 0.40 m3/s
Location: Lydney, Gloucestershire Expected Generation: 68 MWh p.a.


This micro-hydro scheme is proposed on the site of the Dean Forest Railway at Norchard Drift. The station is run by the volunteers of the Dean Forest Railway Society who’s objective is to preserve the last remaining section of the Severn & Wye Railway.

The scheme is to be constructed at the outfall of a culvert which runs under the railway into the River Lyd. Pico Energy have designed a scheme to fit in with the existing topology and modelled it using 3D CAD, shown in the montage above. Consents are currently under way with abstraction license and planning permission already obtained by Pico Energy.

The scheme is planned to connect with the supply for the station, helping to meet its electricity demand and improve the railways long term viability.

If you have a similar project in mind, then please get in touch for an informal discussion about how we may be able to assist with the scheme implementation