Micro-Hydro Power: A Beginners Guide to Design and Installation

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By Leif Kindberg

Published: February 2011

Updated: February 2011

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28 pages


Introduction

Farm hydropower projects have existed for many years, from waterwheels used for grinding grain and forging to modern hydroelectric turbines designed to run compressors and motors. Micro-hydro systems — those that produce less than 100 kilowatts of electricity — can offer a sustainable and continuous source of renewable energy on farms. This publication is designed to introduce the reader to all stages of a micro-hydro project — from first considering the idea all the way through to producing power.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Determining the Hydro Potential of Your Site
Environmental Impact
Regulatory Issues
Equipment
Economics
Financial Assistance
Cautions and Suggestions for the Do-It-Yourselfer
Conclusion
Futher Resources
References
Appendix: Cost Estimate Worksheet

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