Inverness’ Hydro Ness project receives funding boost

Michael Golding, chief executive officer of Visit Inverness Loch Ness, at Hydro Ness

A hydroelectric scheme set to open to the public in Inverness this year has received fresh funding from Visit Inverness Loch Ness (VILN).

The funds will be used to create a learning zone around Hydro Ness, which will set on the banks of the River Ness.

Hydro Ness will generate 550,000 kWh of renewable each year with the ‘Archimedes Screw’ being powered by the running waters of the river.

As water flows into the hydro, it will pass through spiral blades forcing the screw to turn, energy generated from the movement will then be converted into electricity using a generator.

The creative content within the new learning zone is being developed by Mather & Co, the same exhibition designers who are working on the design of the visitor experience at Inverness Castle.

VILN chief executive officer, Michael Golding, said, “Linking Inverness Castle and the Hydro Ness scheme through their visitor interpretation offers us a fantastic opportunity to encourage visitors to explore both attractions and the wider area during their time in Inverness.

“Once completed, the interactive content will showcase how science and nature can work together, offering educational information about the Hydro for visitors and for students so they can visit the site as part of their science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) learning.”

Project interpretative designer at Mather & Co, Leanne Clydesdale, added, “We are excited to be working on a project that promotes renewable energy and celebrates how the Highlands is working to improve our use of energy here in the UK.

“It has been fascinating learning the science behind the Hydro and we want this to become an exciting and accessible space for visitors to learn about these important subjects so they can confidently continue their journey with sustainability at home and in their communities.”