We have rehabilitated the hydraulic wheel of the Botanical Garden of Gijón, a hydraulic mill that was built more than a decade ago, handcrafted in chestnut wood, and that served to supply water to a fountain placed a few meters above its site.
Due to its environmental exposition, over the years deteriorated its condition, suffering a deterioration that prevented it from continuing with its operation.
The objective of this intervention is to put the system back into operation, for which the complete reconstruction of the wheel was carried out, using the same artesenal methods that were used historically, with the exception that on this occasion, it was rebuilt with Tatajuba wood, much more resistant to water erosion.
The replacement of this hydraulic wheel is an element of the new itinerary of hydraulic devices in which the Botanical Garden of Gijón, and the University of Oviedo, in collaboration with Sinfin Energy, will be working in the coming months. This new itinerary plans to illustrate the potential of micro-generation renewable energies, based on minimal intrusion into ecosystems.
The framework of action is that of the integration of renewable energies in landscape environments of urban scope, within the E-Mover project, of which the City of Gijón is also participating.