Jonathan Hopkins wrote: Alright, with that being said, I've been formulating an idea for the past few weeks about an in house pico-hydro small electric generator power plant. The idea starts with a 55 gallon drum filled with water. At the bottom of the drum is a 3/4" hole with a valve. After the valve a hose would run to a water pump inlet. A hose would then be ran from the outlet of the pump to a 1/2" nozzle, or two, which would be directed at a pelton wheel. The pelton wheel would be attached to a pma generator directly at the shaft, or through a pulley system. The water would then fall to the bottom of the pelton wheel housing and out a tube that would be redirected into the 55 gallon drum, thus recycling the water and completing the system.
Jonathan Hopkins wrote:I am familiar with the law of conservation of energy, but I would not be using gravity to turn the wheel, It would be a pressurized stream due to the diameter reduction at the nozzle. Decreased flow with increased velocity.
John Devitt wrote:The basic problem of all alternate energy systems is storage. Storage is the means of having energy available when it is needed. That's why most alternate energy systems have battery banks.
I have though of the same system, where the water tank is your storage system. With my concept I would use solar power to pump the water back to the tank
The road block I came up with was the amount of water storage required to make it work as well as the amount of head required/available.
r john wrote:
Your road block was solved by Armstrong in the UK in the 1850's see the wicki
We still have a few weighted accumulators in use in the UK mainly for swing bridges.