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Students learn about renewable energy at Howsham Mill

Wednesday 26 February 2020

Construction students learn about renewable energy on Howsham Mill visit

On Tuesday 25th February, a group of students studying Level 2 Electrical Installation at Selby College had the opportunity to go on a trip to Howsham Mill, a beautifully renovated 18th-century Georgian Gothic watermill, near Malton in North Yorkshire.

The Mill is today run as an environmental education and community centre, generating hydro-electricity thanks to the gravitational energy of the water falling via the waterwheel and the installation of the first Archimedes screw turbine in the UK in 2007. This gave the students a great opportunity to see how electricity can be generated in a carbon neutral environment.

Subject Area Manager for Construction Andy Wiggins said: “The students had a fantastic day despite the flooding in the area, they were engaged and a credit to Selby College.”

He added: “Despite the poor weather conditions the students managed to see the waterwheel in action and also managed to use a drone to effectively observe the flooded river and the impact this had on electrical generation.”

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Howsham Mill Archimedes screw turbine