Gibson Mill goes green
Gibson Mill is a 200-year-old cotton mill at the heart of Hardcastle Crags near Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire. It has been transformed to embrace the latest green technology.
- Solar PV panels and solar thermal panels are mounted on the roof and generate enough electricity to serve the entire mill complex and to provide heat for the caretaker’s cottage.
- Water turbines harness energy from the ‘head’ of water from the millpond to the turbine, driving the generator to make electricity.
- Ground floor batteries store the energy being generated by the water turbines and the photovoltaic panels.
- A log-fired boiler heats water and charges up a large calorifier (a water storage tank) to supply the café with hot water.
- Composting toilets are water-efficient and reduce pollution by composting human waste and returning it to the soil as fertiliser.