Renewable energy from rivers

Bristol is a city of three rivers.  We have the amazing tide of the of River Severn feeding in to the River Avon and the steady flow of the River Avon and the River Frome.  
The rivers Frome and Avon have waterfalls, weirs and more and yet Bristol doesn't seem to be doing anything with ou rivers to generate electricty.  The idea isn't to design and create ugly structures but to look at the possibility of creating small lagoons, flood style lagoons where spaces can be used and these areas also used as boating lakes and for waterfalls and weirs to see infrastructure added out of view but which will help generate the city.

Why the contribution is important

Energy prices continue to rise and Bristol is trying to generate it's own electricty company, our rivers are key to the success of renewable power if the ideas are designed properly.

by user946047 on November 23, 2013 at 01:19AM

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  • Posted by user966378 December 13, 2013 at 15:51

    micro-hydro schemes use proven technology, are reliable and effective in producing 24hr energy. They should be in place where possible.
  • Posted by user690930 December 14, 2013 at 17:00

    Too small a project
    Could be good for farmers and land owners though
  • Posted by user411811 January 14, 2014 at 12:24

    re: Cevans
    it may be a small project, but if you multiply that, then it has an impact. For every innovative use of the abundant energy around us, an idea is sparked, or a belief in doing something is created, and this seem like it could be a good start. If I had access to flowing water I'd love to set up some sort of turbine to power a heating/ lighting system for a greenhouse for example.
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