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The Old Swan & Minster Mill will be the first hotel in the country to have the "fish friendly" technology, which has been selected for its low impact on the river's ecosystem and its efficient energy production. A fish pass will also be developed as part of the scheme to improve fish spawning grounds. Based on Archimedes' ancient screw pump design, the two by five meter screw is turned as water flows through it, activating the turbine and harnessing up to 87 per cent of the energy from the falling water. The technology enables the scheme to give a peak output of 10 kW and generate power of 48,000kwh/year.
International entrepreneur and philanthropist Peter de Savary, speaking on behalf of his wife who is owner of the hotel, said, 'We are delighted to be the first hotel in the country to invest in this latest technology with Hallidays. We continually look at every area of our business to become more considerate locally, nationally and globally.'
At this stage it is too early to estimate fixed savings, but the hotel are confident that the investment, which will reach £200,000 by the time installation is complete, will have been paid for within seven years.