Congleton Hydro’s Partners

The development of hydro generation for community benefit on the River Dane would not be possible without the generous support of many private and public sector organisations.  The list below shows the main contributors to date, which the Congleton Hydro team hopes will expand in the future as the scheme develops further.

Siemens Digital Factory, Varey Road, Congleton, CW12 1PH

Siemens manufactures variable speed motor drives at its Congleton plant, which are exported globally.  With a local workforce of approximately 500, mainly focused on product development and manufacturing, Siemens wants to become a carbon neutral business in the UK. It also wants to use the scheme to showcase its motor control products in a live application, which can be used for customer demonstrations. They have agreed to provide financial and know-how support to ensure the project is successful.

HMK Automation Group Ltd, Kappa House, Hatter Street, Congleton, CW12 1QJ

HMK is the largest Independent Motion Control Systems provider in the UK.  Based in Congleton, HMK employs xx local people and has been providing automation solutions involving motion control for more than xx years.  They believe in the principles of renewable generaion and have provided control and drive systems for a number of applications. They are supporting the project by providing electro-mechanical equipment, technical expertise and Project Management support.

Derwent Hydro Developments Ltd, Flumina House, Foundry Lane, Milford, Belper, DE56 0RN.

DHP have provided design consultancy on the project, including a feasibility study, detailed design work and consenting with the Environment Agency and Cheshire East Council.

Eaton Bank Academy, Jackson Road, Congleton, CW12 1NT

Eaton Bank Academy is one of Congleton’s two secondary schools.  They have hosted a community engagement evening for the scheme, which was attended by more than 60 people.  They have also performed a community based opinion survey. A project has been undertaken by the school children to investigate ways to solve the problems associated with build-up of debris at the inlet grilles, which was entered into the First Lego League Technical Challenge programme and successfully passed into the second round of assessments.  Future competitions for local schools based on the scheme are under development with the help of Eaton Bank Academy.