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Old 02-09-2018, 11:13   #1
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Small scale hydro power

Thought this might be of intrest to those looking for a small scale power supply solution.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XiefORPamLU
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Old 02-09-2018, 13:31   #2
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Interesting that they say 15KW for a village. In comparison, most gensets on pusher RV's are 10KW +. I had planned to put in a 12KW unit for our home(1300sqft) in the Keys for hurricane backup. I can't see 15KW running a village.

On one of the Alaskian shows. I saw one family using a stream behind the home to do a similar setup, but much cruder. They used a 55 drum to store and stabilize water pressure/flow. They took an alternator from a car and rigged a small water turbine. They managed to generate all the power they needed. Plus, they pumped the water into a holding tank for personal use.
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Old 02-09-2018, 13:53   #3
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The best use I see for this is some 3rd world place where they have no electricy and need some for a medical clinic comms etc.

The other place is remote cabin in the US where they have running water like in your Alaska example.

Neither of those places are likely to have to feed internet or many of the modern things we use. It is scale able up as well. I don't see it as a viable option in NYC but figure the Charlies might find a use for it in CA projects. They might even be able to make their own from the design out of local material.

It would be interesting to set one up to charge batteries on an off grid 12v dc system as well.
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