Hydroelectric Power – Water Power – Micro Hydro Systems – Eco Snippets

Hydroelectric Power – Water Power – Micro Hydro Systems


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“Micro hydro power is probably the least common of the three readily used renewable energy sources, but it has the potential to produce the most power, more reliably than solar or wind power if you have the right site. This means having access to a river or creek that has a high enough flow to produce useable power for a good part of the year.

Many creeks and rivers are permanent, i.e., they never dry up, and these are the most suitable for micro-hydro power production.

A micro hydro turbine can take several forms, the most widely recognized of which would be the water wheel, used extensively for grain grinding up until this century. Waterwheels are still used in some situations that do not require a fast-spinning turbine, such as for pumping water. However, other type of turbines have become quite common…”

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Most local gov’t’s I know of will not allow this unfortunately.

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I thought environmentalist banned these rigs, due to the fish habitat. They’re all gone in my home state, and now it has to buy it’s electricity from Canada.

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These are all over Europe. Converted mills.

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Each household in South Africa needs one of these!

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One for you Debra?

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What happens to aquatic life in this setup? Perhaps they need a way to get up and down alongside the sluice?

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I saw many of these, albeit less sophisticated models, in the deep bush on the Island of Bougainville. Amazing that the inhabitants were not all electrocuted from the live wires but even more amazing to see electric lights twinkling in the jungle!!!! Shows intelligence is not limited to white middle class!!!!

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