Hyrdopower is a clean way to harness the energy of the Earth.
Illustration courtesy Len Churchill
A good shelter for your machinery will protect it from the environment.
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author of Microhydro: Clean Power from Water, has decades of experience with microhydro technology. Beside him a stream flows at about 20 gallons per minute — just the right size for a small microhydro system.
A Powerpal low-head AC turbine like this one can provide up to 1 kilowatt of power. Water rushes down the manmade aqueduct, then drains into a pipe that’s connected to a turbine near the boy in the striped shirt.
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Pelton turbine generates power when the jet of water strikes the cupped runner along its circumference.
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