Got the hydro system online for the year!

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Got the hydro system online for the year!

Postby craneplaneguy » Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:09 am

830 watts going into the grid, 24/7 for the next 8 or 9 months, stored by my utility as excess credit, such a deal! The new intake system I cobbled up should solve the problem I had before of trying to ensure the water exiting the culvert hitting the hydro screen(http://hydroscreen.com/products/hydro_t ... index.html) intake box in it's sweet spot. Before, due to the season flow variations, I'd have to shuffle the box around and make sure the water didn't roar over it (high water/springtime) or dribble in front of it (low water/fall). It has a slot cut into the bottom, right over the screen, and once jammed onto the culvert and the pipe fills (surplus street pole I got for free from a crane job) the water is slightly pressurized and almost has no where to go but right where it's needed. The end cap doesn't totally close the end off, only 2/3's of it, it, and the original access hole for the street light wiring, serve to let the excess water out, but only after the tube is mostly full of water.

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This is a county culvert, under a county road, and if truth be told, even though it's on my property, there is something called an "easement" of 25', so in theory I shouldn't be messing with this culvert at all. But luckily the county road and bridge guys are not too educated, to go all lawyerally on me, BUT they are also smart enough to realize that as long as I don't impinge the flow enough to cause a problem, they could care less! This will be my 10 th year of using "their" culvert, maybe I'm grandfathered in by now. :shock: Every little bit higher I keep the collection box higher, the more PSI results at the bottom, and that means more power.
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Re: Got the hydro system online for the year!

Postby wineboyrider » Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:48 am

Pretty nice! We could easily use micro hydro in the Tularosa Basin, because the altitude drops from 12,000 feet to 4,500 feet so not a lot of water, but the pressure build up would be amazing! :?:
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Re: Got the hydro system online for the year!

Postby Ykick » Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:18 am

Awesome Tom! More for the BEER budget...
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Re: Got the hydro system online for the year!

Postby Harold in CR » Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:09 am

Sent them an e-mail right after you posted your other thread about your system,last year. Never heard back from them. Will try again next month when I go to Florida.
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Re: Got the hydro system online for the year!

Postby craneplaneguy » Mon Mar 20, 2017 3:15 pm

wineboy: yeah, 3260 PSI, more or less, ought to do it!

CR:I remember the same, I think he keeps busy on big projects, and dabbles on the tiny systems like mine, keep after him, it's a good product. The fact that is last name is Weir totally cracks me up, pretty appropriate for guy dealing in water catchments!
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Re: Got the hydro system online for the year!

Postby Hillhater » Mon Mar 20, 2017 5:06 pm

Envy your situation.
Here we get 5c per kWh returned to the grid, and then if we want to buy it back it will cost 20-50c/kWh !! :cry:
...and ironicaly, that high cost of energy is largely due to an all too eager rush into renewable energy sources at grid level which has resulted in most funding being directed to wind and solar Farms with no one prepared to risk investing in Coal , Gas, or Nuclear base load generation.
Sadly the Wind and Solar are not shaping up as a base load source , so utilities have jacked up the unit prices to suppress consumption.and help buy Battery Farms, and large Diesel generation plants for peak back up. :cry: :cry:
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