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Highland Council announces competition for pupils in Caithness and the rest of the region to name new hydroelectric generator on River Ness which uses an Archimedes Screw to harness the energy of the water flow

By Ian Duncan

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Highland Council is inviting youngsters to name a new hydroelectric generator and interactive visitor experience on the River Ness.

The generator uses an Archimedes Screw to harness the energy of the water flowing down the waterway.

The building and the interactive visitor experience are being developed to inspire people and the council is inviting school pupils from across the Highlands to design a poster and think up a name which captures the main themes of the hydro project: sustainability, renewable energy, climate change and STEM learning.

The competition is open to any pupil or group of pupils, from Highland primary or secondary schools, and after-school or extracurricular clubs can also take part.

Councillor John Finlayson, the chairman of the council’s Education Committee, is encouraging schools to take part. He said: “This exciting new hydro project will serve as a flagship for the Highland Council’s response to climate change.

"It will be operating for many years to come so we are looking to our young people to get creative. It is quite a challenge to find a fitting name and poster design that captures the essence of this ambitious project, but I have every confidence in the talents of our pupils. There is a tight timescale as the deadline is only just over a week away so good luck.”

As well as the chance to name a landmark attraction, that will operate for more than 50 years, the winning class will also get the following prizes:

• A complimentary activity for the entire class provided by Highlife Highland;

• A plaque at the scheme with school name and class details to highlight the help in naming the scheme;

• A 3D model of the Hydro scheme for the class to keep.

In addition to the winning entry, the top 10 poster designs will be placed on-site during the construction of the hydro to help inform the public and keep the builders inspired.

To take part pupils should design their poster – which should include the name they have chosen for the hydro scheme – and email it, as a document, pdf or photo, by Friday, November 5, to carbonclever@highland.gov.uk. All emailed entries should also include details of everyone who has been involved in the design.

• For more information on the hydro initiative visit here.

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