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Don't we all wish we had this on our property

Posted: Jul 17 2020 7:27pm
by John in CR
A new friend who want my help building a high powered ebike is also working on a hydroelectric project on his dairy farm that has an electric bill of over $1000/mo. It's up in the mountains at 4,000m of elevation and he has a small river with year-round flow and a whopping 200m of head :shock: . Even with just a 3" pipe he can produce an incredible amount of electricity at the 400gal/hr rate he is planning.

Hopefully he can negotiate a grid tie arrangement where he gets paid for the excess he generates.

Re: Don't we all wish we had this on our property

Posted: Jul 18 2020 11:32am
by john61ct
very nice!

no spawning fish to accommodate?

Re: Don't we all wish we had this on our property

Posted: Jul 19 2020 12:11am
by Hillhater
ES member “craneplaneguy” has reported on his “mini hydro” system for several years. Avery nice to have facility.
Another member ( ? Aussie ? Forget name) has also reported on his DIY mini hydro working with limited head, but continuously outputting 1+kw to a large Pb bank, and also to a experimental “pumped hydro” tank system for storage.
Ideal if you have the land , water, and terrain to enable such a system.

Re: Don't we all wish we had this on our property

Posted: Jul 21 2020 3:48am
by John in CR
john61ct wrote:
Jul 18 2020 11:32am
very nice!

no spawning fish to accommodate?
He does have some trout ponds fed with a continuous flow from the river, but no migratory fish to worry about.