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

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John in CR   100 GW

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

Post by John in CR » Jul 17 2020 7:27pm

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.

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

Post by john61ct » Jul 18 2020 11:32am

very nice!

no spawning fish to accommodate?

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Post by Hillhater » Jul 19 2020 12:11am

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.
This forum owes its existence to Justin of ebikes.ca

John in CR   100 GW

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

Post by John in CR » Jul 21 2020 3:48am

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.

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

Post by 999zip999 » Sep 13 2020 3:03pm

What voltage ?

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