Water Wheel Power: Using Ye Olde Water Wheel for a Bountiful Supply of Energy

Although water wheel power was rarely used in the U.S. by the early 1970s, one 71 year old man in rural North Carolina continued to rely on a system he set up in the 1930s to generate DC electricity.

024 water wheel power - wheel, near view
The water outlet is positioned six inches above the wheel so that logs and other debris shoot out over the buckets, preventing damage.