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Cruachan (Hydro , Active)

 General Information.

Location in the UK : Scotland, Argyll & Bute    
Type of installation: Hydro    on/offshore: on
Turbines :4  Capacity : 440 MW
Approx Date of 1st power generation: 1966


Water is pumped from Loch Awe to the upper reservoir, 360 m above, during periods of low energy use (such as at night). A 316 m-long dam forms this reservoir. Additionally the upper reservoir receives rainwater; tunnels have been built through Ben Cruachan to catch rain coming from all sides of the mountain. Around 10 % of the energy from the station is generated from rainwater; the rest is from the water pumped up from Loch Awe.

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Scottish Power

Wikipedia - Ben CRUACHAN Power Station

Engineering award for CRUACHAN power station's 'hidden' hydro scheme
A power station buried deep inside a Scottish mountain has been given a prestigious engineering award.

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