Solar project for museum

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A COMMUNITY body has paid to install a series of solar panels on a museum in Sheffield.

The energy saving devices have been put on the roof of Kelham Island Museum in an effort to help reduce its carbon footprint.

The museum trust was awarded a climate change grant to look at the impact of the solar panels being used to pre-heat the water tank for the boiler of the mighty 12,000hp River Don Engine, the most powerful working steam engine in the world.

Sheffield Council’s central community assembly voted to pay for the £5,000 project.

John Hamshere, chief executive of the Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust, said: “We asked ourselves how can you make a piece of Edwardian engineering more sustainable? This engine was obviously not designed with energy efficiency in mind!

“This grant enabled us to do just that in an innovative way and has been extremely worthwhile in enabling us to show that the solar panels are effective.”