have creeks here that give possibilities to install hydro
power, but not a lot of them that flow year round (through
winter) though, but a few. Generally you have to be pretty
high in the mountains to get this to work, but it is possible.
The Hydro Installs that Ive seen for the most part
are low powered, 12 Volt Systems, utilizing creeks or
springs that are far above the property, providing a lot
of pressure to a small plant, a lot of them using regular
automotive alternators, a nice inexpensive way to make
that flows slow, in a creek or river, wont provide
enough pressure to run a hydroelectric installation UNLESS
the water is dammed, backed up, like Grand Coullee Dam.
It is possible to install a set of gears on a wheel, with
an alternator, to make it work, but youre not allowed
to block anyones access for going up or down the
river. Also, if you do use a river, you have to be VERY
aware of the river rising or lowering, and especially
dangerous, BIG ice floes in springtime that will literally
destroy anything in the river. (Picture next to this is
on the St Maries River in January)
is a ton of information on Hydroelectric setups available
online now; biggest thing to keep in mind is flow &
drop needed, and how long does the creek flow in summer,
if not year round. A typical 10 or 20 acre parcel wont
have much chance of making decent hydro, pretty much limited
to larger acreage parcels, at least in our area.
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