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Old Swan & Minster Mill installs Archimedes Screw

Guests and staff from the Old Swan & Minster Mill toast the ground breaking
Peter de Savary, husband of Lana de Savary, owner of the Old Swan & Minster Mill, located beside the stunning River Windrush, was pleased to host a ground breaking event on her behalf, for the start of works which will see a three month installation of an Archimedes Screw. Hallidays Hydropower, which has been commissioned to undertake the project at a cost of £200,000, will have the giant turbine operating and producing energy from the river by October.

A significant green energy commitment, the Old Swan & Minster Mill will be the first hotel in the country to have the "fish friendly" technology, which has been selected for its low impact on the river's ecosystem and its efficient energy production. A fish pass will also be developed as part of the scheme to improve fish spawning grounds. Based on Archimedes' ancient screw pump design, the two by five meter screw is turned as water flows through it, activating the turbine and harnessing up to 87 per cent of the energy from the falling water. The technology enables the scheme to give a peak output of 10 kW and generate power of 48,000kwh/year.

The partnership comes at a time when the ‘green' sector is finally being celebrated as a driver of much-needed economic growth in Britain. The Old Swan & Minster Mill has earned a strong reputation for its commitment to sustainability, but this high profile endorsement of design and engineering is indicative of a bigger trend towards ‘micro hydro'. The technology is winning attention and investment from landowners, businesses and communities across Britain, generating income through the Feed-in Tariff, cost savings in the face of continuing energy price rises and CO2 reductions.

International entrepreneur and philanthropist Peter de Savary, speaking on behalf of his wife, said: "We are delighted to be the first hotel in the country to invest in this latest technology with Hallidays. We continually look at every area of our business to become more considerate locally, nationally and globally. "

Hallidays Hydropower - Hallidays Hydropower, established in the UK in 2007, is an award-winning hydropower company. It manages the complete development process from initial surveys through to commissioning, and offers owned or financed hydropower to help customers secure the ROI benefits of hydro at minimal risk. Hallidays Hydropower is technology agnostic, but specialises in the deployment of Archimedes Screws.

Hallidays Hydropower works with commercial businesses, land and property owners, communities and developers to reduce CO2 emissions and electricity prices through the generation of clean, emission-free power from water. The founders of Hallidays Hydropower installed the UK's first domestic Archimedes Screw in 2007, and have since worked on projects for the National Trust, as well as multiple listed buildings, private mills and properties.

Swan & Minster Mill - Located in the historic village of Old Minster, between Witney and Burford, the 15th Century Old Swan & Minster Mill is rural England at its most romantic. Now privately owned and run by the well-known de Savary Family, renowned for their leading hotels and resorts around the world, the 60 bedroom country house hotel and inn has been fully restored. Set amongst acres of restored gardens, wild meadows, weeping willows and wildlife, the property has over a mile of the River Windrush running through the grounds. 

The Condé Nast Johansens-recommended The Old Swan & Minster Mill offers boutique, timber-framed respite from urban life. Dine on creative gastro-pub dishes in the inn's cosy dining rooms or settle by the flickering log-fire in the country-check lounge.

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