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DIY Hydroelectricity

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Location: Eureka Springs, AR
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Hello from the Ozarks! I am hoping to get some experienced Hydroelectric DIY'ers opinions on the best DIY Hydroelectric systems that I could make using only scrap/salvaged parts. I am mainly interested in the Water wheel and Pelton Wheel designs but am open to see it all! I have seen many videos and tutorials using old car alternators and even washing machines. Has anyone made their own Hydroelectric system? If so, can you explain the parts and procedure on how you made your system? Pictures? Lessons learned? What do you like/dislike about your system? What would you change? Thanks everyone!

Another question: Can someone please explain how diameter of piping in a Pelton wheel setup makes a difference? Why would I change the nozzle diameter?

Please excuse my confusion...I'm 26 years old, single father of one amazing little boy and have only dreamt of the day we get to start this life and it is finally here. I only have a million and one questions!
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Location: 54 North BC Canada
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While you are waiting for responses, how about some reading material?


6922 files...14.8 GB of info....hopefully you will find some answers to your questions......
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Location: St. Ignatius, Montana, zone 5b
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Hey R Jay, awesome resources!
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I had a thought for small streams...was wondering if very small water wheels with generators could be tied in a line and each generators output ganged to feed to a single controller. Any electricians think this feasible I wonder?
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Whilst on one hand this looks a good idea on another it has issuses
The cost of four or five small systems will generally be far more than one big system unless you can really get a good deal some where eg some one is mass producing them near you
Plus maintaining four or five systems rather than just one can be pain as well.
I would stick to one system with as big a head as possible  big as wheel as possible etc etc

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