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Jordan Struck
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Location: Oregon (zone 7b), 31.3 inches/yr rainfall
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Anyone build hydro systems (formally or informally) in the NW (I'm in Oregon)? I have a gravity fed irrigration system and a small creek on my property. Unfortunately neither are near the house. Would love advice, assistance, or to potentially hire someone.
 
Jordan Struck
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Location: Oregon (zone 7b), 31.3 inches/yr rainfall
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Dennis Phillips
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Jordan, if you are serious about building a hydro-electric power plant I'd like to talk to you on the phone but I'll be up front with you, I have never had the opportunity to build any type of hydroelectric plant, but I have studied everything that I can find on it for at least twenty years!
If you have enough water flow and head to be worth it, I will at the least lead you in the right direction, if I don't drop everything I am doing an come out and build it for you! And I am serious as a heart attack!
Building a waterwheel has been a dream of mine for many years and I want to build one so bad I can taste it!
I'd love for it to be my own when I did it, but I am 59 years old now and I think we have the last home I'll ever have now and while the small spring fed creek we have below the house is large enough that I will cool the house during the summer, it isn't large enough to produce but maybe 500 watts of electricity on a regular basis and that isn't enough for me to go through all the hassles that I'd need to if I were to build a water wheel!
If you will e-mail me at BadFordRanger2000@yahoo.com I'll reply with my phone number!
If nothing else, I can surely give you some good pointers!
Please, send me an e-mail!
Dennis
 
thomas rubino
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Location: latitude 47 N.W. montana zone 6A
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Jordan: If you have a gravity irrigation system ,then you have a lot of water, up on a hill. How much water and how high is the hill ? How much power are you wanting to make ? AC ? DC ? how far away is your house ?
 
Rj Howell
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Location: New Hampshire, USA
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Would like to see this thread continue, so I'll ask...

How's the project coming?

As Dennis said, I also do not have the resource for one, yet am in love with the idea.
My cousin does have the resource and I've started researching to evaluate what the potential is.

I'm collecting the formula's for evaluation and building a spreadsheet.

First and foremost is Invoicing the stream.
Once you can determine the Flow Rate you can move forward to the next step.

The amount of potential energy.

Then deciding upon the turbine (or wheel) design.

Jordan, would like to hear where you are with this.

Dennis, I have a feeling you may be a wealth of information I would like to correspond with.

To all; Once the program is built it will be shared openly and freely.

To those willing to assist in building the program, I'll be happy to send what I have so far and your opinions of adjustments.
PM me and I'll send it.

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