Green Energy Production and Recycling at the Mill

As the discussion about Green Energy production has hotted up along with the Global Warming it is trying to prevent, it should be noted that the Mill has never been connected to the National Electricity Grid. Home energy production has been a basic necessity. However one of the attractions of the site at the time of purchase was its isolation and it not being connected to main power, water or waste disposal. We could start from scratch and implement the principles of respect for the environment, choosing to spend time and money on being connected to the grid systems if we wanted or going it alone.

Water has never been a problem, for several springs emerge near to the Mill, which upon testing have proved to be of excellent mineral water quality.

Similarly waste water has also been easily dealt with. Septic tanks are nothing new, so although the water is not recycled in an immediate way for human use, at least it is seen as being within the water cycle for the area, water returning to the ground a few metres down the valley from any building. Plans are made to recycle the water in ‘grey’ systems for flushing of loos and the like, but that is still for the future.

Home energy production has been a priority, making use of the existing facilities as far as possible, expanding and upgrading over the 26 years the Charity has been located on this site.

The links below are pertaining to the Green Energy at the Mill.  These articles include space heating and heat distribution, generation of electricity, domestic water heating, energy storage, gas production and use of energy tools.


Assessment of alternative systems for Space Heating

Heat Distribution – stage 1

Heat Distribution – stage 2

Focused or Comfort Heating

Hot Water Provision

Electricity – Supply and Demand

Gas Production

Power Tools & Transport 

In Conclusion