A hydro project in the Scottish Highlands will be part of STEM learning

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Highland Council has begun detailed design of a 92kW ‘Archimedes Screw’ hydroelectric power turbine that is also expected to serve as an educational tool.

The £2.5m River Ness Hydro energy project, which is part-funded by the Scottish government through Salix Finance, will be built at a site on the River Ness, near Whin Park in Inverness.

As part of the development, Highland Council is working with the Science Skills Academy (SSA) to encourage interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) projects through the addition of interactive screens and educational content.

The planning application for the project was submitted in 2018.

The project is set to save up to 1,420 tonnes of CO2 per annum, which will help to meet climate and ecological emergency targets.

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