Adaptation of historical mills to present day existing systems
Water Wheel Restoration
Adaptation of historical mills to current harvesting systems
Gijón Botanic Garden, Asturias.
We have rehabilitated the hydraulic wheel of the Botanic Garden of Gijón, a hydraulic mill that was built more than a century ago, handcrafted in chestnut wood, and that served to supply water to a fountain located a few meters above its location.
Due to its environmental exposure, the passing of the years has damaged its condition, suffering a deterioration that prevented it from its further operation.
The objective of this intervention is to put the system back into operation. The wheel underwent a complete reconstruction by using the same artisanal methods that were used historically, but it was rebuilt with Tatajuba wood which is more resistant to water erosion.
The replacement of this hydraulic wheel is an element of the new itinerary of hydraulic devices in which the Botanic Garden of Gijón, and the University of Oviedo, in collaboration with Sinfin Energy, will be working on in the coming months. This new itinerary plans to illustrate the potential of micro-generation renewable energies, based on minimal intrusion on ecosystems.
The action framework is the integration of renewable energies in urban landscape environments, within the Tool-Mover project, in which the Centro Municipal de Empresas de Gijón also participates.urban scope