River Ness hydro

An artist’s impression of the structure which will house the new Archimedes screw.

ARTIST’S impressions have been released of a new Inverness hydro power scheme Highland Council hopes will generate “significant interest” among visitors to the city.

The council has submitted a planning application for an Archimedes screw-based water turbine at the Torvean Weir on the River Ness.

The design will be capable of generating up to 600,000 kWh per annum and help to power the sports facilities and Highland Archive Centre in the Bught. Any excess power would be fed into the national grid to generate extra funds for the council.

It is thought it could raise between £90,000 and £120,000 a year. And the structure in which it will sit has been designed to shelter people looking to visit its viewing area.

“This modern, innovative project provides an excellent opportunity for the council to generate income and renewable energy and make savings,” said Councillor Allan Henderson, the chairman of the council’s environment, development and infrastructure committee.

“It is a fascinating piece of engineering which in itself should be a feature of significant interest and may hopefully inspire young scientists of tomorrow.”