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, 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!
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 ?