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Hydro Power Microstation

  • 06-02-2020 8:39am
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    Registered Users Posts: 149 ✭✭ wicklow_hunter


    Hi All,

    Looking for some advise with regard to anyone who has experience with Hydro Micro Stations

    Ive seen some inspirational videos on utube of what Hydro Power Can do

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3AF_eawtGE
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bhyi1DjGti8

    Ive been looking at the Various Options
    Solar , Wind etc all of which have there own Pros and Cons
    Some of the opinions on the Web with Regard to Hydro are Mixed

    My power consumption is in the Winter Months and i Have a Water cource 300-400m from House which could have some potential

    Is there any Kits that People have Successfully installed that harness energy from Streams and Small rivers?

    I have > 6" pipe flowing in this stream with a potential Head height of 3-4 Meters for or 6-8 Months of the Year

    Esb Bills are North of 2K per Anum (Running a 10 Kw Heat Pump) Looking to go down the Ev road in the coming year or So Also :pac:


Comments

  • Registered Users Posts: 68 ✭✭ Mr Gumby


    Watch this guy, all the info you are going to need. - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEZ2hvCDKUpEvvgEy_b5C6UnYNslaYcik


  • Registered Users Posts: 149 ✭✭ wicklow_hunter


    Mr Gumby wrote: »
    Watch this guy, all the info you are going to need. - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEZ2hvCDKUpEvvgEy_b5C6UnYNslaYcik

    Great Video Payback 7 Years from a diy install. From reading up on solar its 15 years by which time the panels are no longer as efficient


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 58,854 CMod ✭✭✭✭ unkel


    Great Video Payback 7 Years from a diy install. From reading up on solar its 15 years by which time the panels are no longer as efficient

    Be very careful making all these kinds of assumptions without doing a proper calculation yourself.

    An official SEAI PV install might have a payback time of 15 years but if you buy the parts right and install yourself it can be a lot less

    I had a solar PV system with a payback time of 5-6 years. After a year I broke it up and sold all the parts for more than I paid for them, so in effect it had a payback of 0 years (it was profitable from the second it was installed)

    "Wind is Ireland's oil" - An Taoiseach, 25/05/2022



  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,364 ✭✭✭ rolion


    The distance of 400m from the house will create huge loss of electric curent on the cables ... check with a spark first.
    If you need to divert the water from the main course closer to house / location of the motor, as well,check the distance as that bring in new variable that needs to be taken in consideration.

    Too far, i will say !
    Good luck.


  • Registered Users Posts: 13 ✭✭✭ Darragh3206


    rolion wrote: »
    The distance of 400m from the house will create huge loss of electric curent on the cables ... check with a spark first.
    If you need to divert the water from the main course closer to house / location of the motor, as well,check the distance as that bring in new variable that needs to be taken in consideration.

    Too far, i will say !
    Good luck.



    As a general rule it will always be cheaper to transport electricity over a distance compared to transporting or diverting the pressurised water in your proposed micro hydro plant.

    Also means less noise being generated close to your dwelling. I’m unaware of the lay of your land and your proposed micro plant house location. Do you own both sides of the stream at the proposed intake location?


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