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Best mini/micro Hydro power for poor areas

  1. Mar 6, 2013 #1
    Hey guys,

    I am wondering what is the best type of mini hydro power plant to produce between 1 and 5Kw of energy.

    From what I understand most micro generator needs high head, and they take advantage of the relief (since power=head*flow*g)

    I am looking at an area where the head is very "low", I don't have a precise value for the flow, but its small canal.

    (Ideally It will be cheap)

    Thanks
     
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  3. Mar 6, 2013 #2

    berkeman

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    I did a google search on Micro Hydro Generator, and got lots of interesting hits. You could look through the hit list to see if some match your low-head situation...

    http://www.google.com/#hl=en&sugexp...94,d.aWc&fp=77c7456ce046cad2&biw=1134&bih=902

    I've also seen some discussion of in-river (or in-canal) systems that generate power from just the natural flow. I'll see if I can find those links...
     
  4. Mar 6, 2013 #3

    berkeman

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