Micro-Hydro Installations

Hydroelectric power generation captures solar energy that was used to evaporate water from the ocean and deposit it at higher elevations in the form of rain and snow. The hydrologic cycle is of course driven by the sun. Compared to other types of renewable electricity generation, the energy available in flowing water is relatively easy to harness and convert into electricity. Micro-hydro systems use a screened intake to capture a portion of the water available in a creek or stream and channel it into a pipeline that runs downhill to the turbine location. Inside the turbine the water is projected onto an impeller-type part called the runner, which spins the generator. Micro-hydro turbines can be used to charge batteries in an off-grid system or can be synchronized with the utility grid to sell power in a grid-connected system. 

Additional Web resources:

homepower.com’s MicrohydroBasics.pdf

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