Hydro Electric Power

Did you know that hydro electric power, or water power is usually less expensive than Photovoltaic (PV) solar power systems? Hydro electric power energy is practical to consider if a small stream or other source of water under pressure (such as an artesian well) is available on your property.

How Does Hydro Electric Power Work?

How Does Hydro Electric Power Work?

Hydro electric power functions through utilizing water from a small stream, farm pond, springs, even artesian wells that is diverted into a pipe and run downhill to the turbine site. The water is nozzeled down and sprayed at a small pelton or turgo wheel turbine which turns an alternator or generator. One type of turbine is one that produces DC, which will directly charge a battery bank (which can be shared with a solar array).

Changing batteries with water power allows you to size the system for your average load and run off the batteries during your times of peak load. This makes it possible to make use of a smaller stream that would otherwise be impossible. With even greater flow rates, lower head levels can be utilized with turbines specifically designed for low head sites. The closer the turbine location to the building needing the power, the better the result. This way, the batteries will power your home through hydro electric power when utility power is not available.
Battery-less Hydro Electric Power System:

The beauty of the battery-less system of hydro electric power is that you have no heavy toxic batteries to deal with and your system is much more reliable than systems with aging batteries. We now have Net Metering for Hydro in New York. The rules are such, however, that it does not pay to over-produce. It may be best to keep the power you make for yourself by regulating your loads so they are constant and matched to the production.

One way to do this is to electrically heat a large insulated tank of water 24-7 and draw off heat as needed by thermostat to heat radiant in floor heat. This helps save on your heating bills. However, you must realize that heating a home is a huge load and takes a large flow of water to drive a large enough turbine or multiple turbines to do it. Hydro electric power systems provide a safe, reliable and a cost-effective energy source that might be the best resource to keep your household’s power running effectively. Take advantage of an existing resource on your property and discover the many benefits of hydro electric power systems.

Is Your Property A Good Fit For Hydro Electric Power?

Questions You Will Need To Answer:

1. The Head (elevation height difference between the proposed pipe inlet and outlet) or the measured pressure
2. The Flow rate of the water in gallons per minute, or liters per minute
3. The proposed pipe length along the ground from top to turbine location at the bottom
4. The distance between the turbine location and the house or building where the power is to be used.
5. Do you already have a dam on the site?
6. What is your daily Kilowatt hour usage? How much power do you need, for how long and how often?

Call Great Brook Solar at 607-847-6366 to Consult on Hydro Electric Power Today!