Blenheim Palace will save more than £19,000 a year by installing the Archimedean Screw to generate power

His Grace, The Duke of Marlborough with Henry Reily-Collins, chief engineer at Hallidays, switching on the new hydroelectric plant at Blenheim Palace

His Grace, The Duke of Marlborough with Henry Reily-Collins, chief engineer at Hallidays, switching on the new hydroelectric plant at Blenheim Palace

First published in News

THE Duke of Marlborough has switched on a new hydropower scheme in the grounds of the stately home in West Oxfordshire where he lives.

The Archimedean screw turbine at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock was installed by Hallidays Hydropower.

Its chief engineer Henry Reily-Collins said: “The Duke loved it — he’s more tech-savvy than I realised.

“I’m now working on setting it up so that he can check how much energy it’s generating on his iPad wherever he is.”

The Culham resident, 29, added: “It was a big day for us, we’ve been working on this project for three years.”

The £180,000 project will generate electricity to power the Woodstock palace and the estate’s homes. It is hoped the scheme, powered by the 11.5-tonne screw, will save the palace between £19,000 and £26,000 a year.

The Duke of Marlborough said: “I believe in the importance of creating and using sustainable energy sources here at Blenheim Palace, for the good of the environment and to support the running of this great estate.

“I have taken a keen interest in the project and worked alongside the property team where required to ensure delivery.”

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Hallidays Hydropower is working on a second turbine at the palace, a mile away from the first one at Blenheim lake dam, and closer to the palace.

It will cost another £180,000.

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8:48am Sat 19 Jul 14

Myron Blatz says...

And at the prices the Duke charges visitors and tourists, the cost of installing the new power-generation scheme should amortise in a couple of months - gawd it's an expensive palace to visit! Also, why make such a fuss about the Marlboroughs, when lots of other local families 'go green' with solar energy and the like - and knowing what we do of the Duke (from what the Oxford Mail has written about over decades) then he's probably already offset costs with energy and industrial grants! Still, if the Mail didn't run stories like this, then I'm sure the Duke would look elsewhere to place his adverts and PR blurb .....
And at the prices the Duke charges visitors and tourists, the cost of installing the new power-generation scheme should amortise in a couple of months - gawd it's an expensive palace to visit! Also, why make such a fuss about the Marlboroughs, when lots of other local families 'go green' with solar energy and the like - and knowing what we do of the Duke (from what the Oxford Mail has written about over decades) then he's probably already offset costs with energy and industrial grants! Still, if the Mail didn't run stories like this, then I'm sure the Duke would look elsewhere to place his adverts and PR blurb ..... Myron Blatz
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4:44pm Sun 20 Jul 14

riman09 says...

Assuming he never got paid for the visits to his 'castle', it would be almost 10 before he recouped his investment. I guess then it's a question of having the money in the first place!
Assuming he never got paid for the visits to his 'castle', it would be almost 10 before he recouped his investment. I guess then it's a question of having the money in the first place! riman09
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9:20am Mon 21 Jul 14

EMBOX2 says...

As great as these schemes are, they just don't generate enough power to justify all the hassle, in my opinion.

I visited Mapledurham recently, and everyone was marvelling at the archimedes screw they have, with a display that showed you how much power it has generated to date. People were saying "oh wow, maybe we don't need Didcot after all!" until I pointed out that in nearly 3 years of operation, the archimedes screw has generated the same amount of power that Didcot would make in 30 minutes.

People really are in the dark (ho ho) about power. Not good.
As great as these schemes are, they just don't generate enough power to justify all the hassle, in my opinion. I visited Mapledurham recently, and everyone was marvelling at the archimedes screw they have, with a display that showed you how much power it has generated to date. People were saying "oh wow, maybe we don't need Didcot after all!" until I pointed out that in nearly 3 years of operation, the archimedes screw has generated the same amount of power that Didcot would make in 30 minutes. People really are in the dark (ho ho) about power. Not good. EMBOX2
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5:09pm Wed 23 Jul 14

henry_rc@hotmail.com says...

This is awesome, if the water is constantly flowing past your door then does it not make sense to harness it if you can??

There are hydropower turbines in stately homes that are still running after 100 years. Hydropower is the cleanest form of electricity generation known to man. Switched ON I say!
This is awesome, if the water is constantly flowing past your door then does it not make sense to harness it if you can?? There are hydropower turbines in stately homes that are still running after 100 years. Hydropower is the cleanest form of electricity generation known to man. Switched ON I say! henry_rc@hotmail.com
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