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Author Topic: Does Anyone have a hydroelectric plant? 1kw to 600kw?  (Read 698 times)

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Offline mometal77

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Does Anyone have a hydroelectric plant? 1kw to 600kw?
« on: April 05, 2017, 11:08:18 am »
Just seeing who is out there.
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Re: 400 watt 0.4kw
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2017, 05:07:16 pm »
A little one 50' of head 25 to 100 gpm flow about 100 to 400 watts.

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Re: Does Anyone have a hydroelectric plant? 1kw to 600kw?
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2017, 05:37:34 pm »
I help a friend work on a 250kw.
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Re: Does Anyone have a hydroelectric plant? 1kw to 600kw?
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2017, 11:15:54 pm »
Years ago an acquaintance wanted to assemble a water wheel powered generator to live off grid, the provincial utility company wanted a prince's ransom to run a line to the edge of his property. He determined he would be charged 1/3 of the going rate for the use of the river, B.C Hydro owns the power production rights to all flowing water in the province. He was livid, built it anyway and waited for them to figure it out. ;D
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Re: Does Anyone have a hydroelectric plant? 1kw to 600kw?
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2017, 07:40:10 am »
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Re: Does Anyone have a hydroelectric plant? 1kw to 600kw?
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2017, 09:08:40 am »
We have a 1kw Chinese built unit, 60# static head from a large pond. It has been working well charging a battery bank and converting to 120 vac for several years. Terry

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Re: Does Anyone have a hydroelectric plant? 1kw to 600kw?
« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2017, 02:05:24 pm »
I have a tub wheel in the basement along with the linkages to raise and lower it.  I am looking for a set of mill wheels to fit to it.  If I can't find any for a reasonable price I will try casting some from cement.

I want to set it up below a beaver dam.  It has about 4-5 foot of head and probably around 100 gallons per minute.

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Re: Does Anyone have a hydroelectric plant? 1kw to 600kw?
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2017, 11:42:10 pm »
I just moved to a place, year round creek, lots of flow and about 80f ft of head. Looking at putting in a little unit myself. Any of y'all who have done this before have tips? Hope I'm not hijacking
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Re: Does Anyone have a hydroelectric plant? 1kw to 600kw?
« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2017, 01:01:59 am »
Not sure what I did with the link...  Google wind power alternator conversion or something to that effect.  A company that rebuilds car alternators specifically for wind or hydro power.  Pretty interesting and economical.  They even sell parts so you can do it yourself.  80 feet of head is pretty awesome - 40psi or so?  You should be able to produce a lot of power with that.  You might want to put in a little solar (grid tie) and then you could sell the excess hydro generation back to your electric company.  ;)  But don't expect to get rich from them... :-\
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Re: Does Anyone have a hydroelectric plant? 1kw to 600kw?
« Reply #9 on: April 28, 2017, 09:06:38 am »
That's for sure. When you sell excess power to the utility company you get the lowest rate they pay for wholesale power, a huge difference between that and what we pay in our monthly bill!
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Re: Does Anyone have a hydroelectric plant? 1kw to 600kw?
« Reply #10 on: April 28, 2017, 09:50:00 am »
Yeah, a pretty lame argument, too.  They say my solar is offsetting the need to produce cheap coal power (3-3.5 cents) three states away.  Apples to oranges, I say.  They don't have to transmit the power or have losses along the way.  I say I am preventing them from having to "deliver" power to my neighbor.  On the other hand, I get free power when I need it at night from my excess during the day. ;)
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