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Hydro power
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screaminhollow    Posted 04-09-2002 at 17:53:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
anybody have any first hand experience harnessing a small stream? I have a year round stream with a pretty good flow and a sixty foot drop over the 1,000 feet it travels across my land. I figure the flow even in winter is about eighty gallon per minute. This ought to be enough to power a generator. Anyone able to tell me how their systems work? I'd prefer something with out a bank of storage batteries. I can always use hot water around here. Can I use the power to heat water efficiently? There was a saw mill here about a hundred years ago! part of the flume supports are still standing.

Ludwig    Posted 04-11-2002 at 08:54:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Do a search for "microhydro" and check out they're kinda the
clearinghouse for renewable power.
Microhydro is much more affordable than
solar and more reliable than wind. You'll never
get rich on it, but it can make you feel better
about the power you use.

Salmoneye    Posted 04-10-2002 at 08:30:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Dunno where you are but you may want to look into the 'water rights' laws in your area as in many places it is illegal to divert ANY flowing water without jumping through all types of hoops for the government...

screaminghollow    Posted 04-10-2002 at 12:11:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
already applied for and got the permit from the state. Here in PA we don't have the same laws as out west.

Sned    Posted 04-10-2002 at 07:08:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Try this link, they deal mostly with wind power but may branch out. Good info on battery banks also.

DJ    Posted 04-09-2002 at 19:42:01       [Reply]  [No Email]

If you want to buy something, looks like it'll be 2,500 to five thousand dollars.

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