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Hydro & Wind

    Hydro & Wind

    Harris Micro Hydro Turbines (see wind below)

    The Harris Micro Hydro system is an efficient, durable battery charging Pelton turbine. It is especially well suited to produce usable power from springs and creeks that are too small to sustain the same level of useful power from a conventional AC generating system. Water is collected upstream from the hydro and piped downstream to where the turbine is located. As a rule the greater the head, (the difference in elevation between the collection point and the turbine is called the head) the better.

    Because DC power can be stored in batteries, these small systems operate 24 hours a day collecting energy, a little at a time, to be delivered "on demand" from the batteries as the need dictates. For conventional houses which utilize AC electricity an appropriate inverter is configured into the system to change the stored DC energy in the battery system into "AC House Current".

    Turbine output is determined by four factors:

    1. Head, or vertical drop from source to turbine nozzle: Head can be measured with a transit or level and a measuring stick of known length in successive steps, - or - a quick pipe can be assembled from numerous garden hoses and the pressure can be measured with the hoses full of water. This, too, can be done in successive steps. 0.43 PSI. = 1 foot of head: 2.3 feet = 1 PSI

    2. Flow in gallons per minute passing through nozzle: A temporary dam can be built to measure flow. By timing the filling of a container of known volume the flow can be determined. Care should be taken to not dry up creeks, but to leave enough water to maintain natural environmental balances.

    3. Diameter, length and condition of feeder pipe: Generally, single nozzle systems with under 2000 feet of feeder pipe require a 2" pipe. A two nozzle system needs a 3" pipe and 4 nozzle systems require a 4" pipe. This will keep pipe losses under 25%. Please inquire about specific pipe losses for your site.

    4. Turbine efficiency: Alternator systems are between 30% and 60% efficient.

    When you are ordering a Hydro-Turbine we need the following information:

    • Head (Drop in feet from intake to turbine)
    • Flow (In Gallons per minute or Pounds per square inch pressure)
    • Pipe Size (Diameter and pipe type; PVC etc.)
    • Pipe Length (Total run)
    • Battery Voltage
    • Wire Run Distance (From Alternator to Battery)

    Power Output in Watts

    Head in Feet

    Flow Rate – Gallons Per Minute

    3

    6

    10

    15

    20

    30

    50

    100

    200

    25

    25

    40

    60

    130

    230

    50

    40

    75

    100

    150

    265

    500

    580

    75

    34

    70

    110

    160

    240

    400

    700

    900

    100

    45

    95

    150

    240

    340

    560

    975

    1300

    200

    40

    120

    200

    300

    480

    650

    1100

    1500

    2000

    300

    80

    180

    300

    450

    600

    940

    1500

    2000

    600

    200

    350

    600

    900

    1200

    1600

    2000

    2000

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