Achimedes Screw in Action!

Wed, 20 Feb 2013


Whilst visiting friends in Bainbridge, North Yorkshire today I can across this mechanical delight. An actual Archimedes Screw actually used to generate electricity. Unfortunately, the delight ends there. I took this photo from the road, as close as I could get to the device. All other accesses were blocked. Piles of wood, no-entry signs, even a string of dead moles! No wonder us Yorkshiremen have a reputation for unfriendliness. 
Anyway, the information I could glean: the screw is used to generate electricity. Water falls down the chute turning the screw anti-clockwise as you look at it. The generator is housed in the building at the top. That's it. That's all I could find out. No plaque, no info, no wattages, no carbon saved figure, no access. Very frustrating!
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Comments (5)

  • cool022883 February 21, 2013 at 6:02 am

    i did a google search and

    i did a google search and found this site

    from there i found this site

    they have some extra information on the achimedes screw

    Thanks for that! I followed your links and found this link from the company who installed the scheme – RI

    • michael42er February 21, 2013 at 8:01 am

      That makes me happy, so see a

      That makes me happy, so see a technical project at our time to be in real function. Thanks to Cool, the tips (link) are very interesting.

  • Smelter February 21, 2013 at 8:40 am

    There are a few about. Here’s

    There are a few about. Here's one I spotted on a visit to Flatford mill of Constable fame, last year.

    • umehta February 22, 2013 at 2:24 pm

      And Smelter,
      That is

      And Smelter,

      That is interesting too!

      • Smelter May 13, 2013 at 2:58 pm

        Archimedes Screw goes

        Archimedes Screw goes industrial!

        Pump operates on screw technology. Entering gases are trapped between flights of screws and moved axially down a short straight path to the exhaust where they are discharged.

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