Would it be possible to create a small hydro electric generator for a creek?

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Would it be possible to create a small hydro electric generator for a creek?
what rate of water flow is needed to create enough electricity to power a house either a estimate or a formula to be used. Also what type of converter is need to change the kinetic energy into electricity. Would it be actually possible to do using a contractor or family or self done job.my goal is to create a home that is self sufficient for electricity, as well maybe as well as system that can create fresh or clean water from the creek.
also the fact that the area will be about 10 acres or so

Best answer:

Answer by Norman O
You need a paddle wheel and an electric generator. If you are using a creek, it is doubtfull that you will generate enough power to light a mini-flashlight.

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2 Responses to Would it be possible to create a small hydro electric generator for a creek?

  1. Lando

    Yes I have made windmills with car alternators had some gearing issues to work out but still works. I charge marine batteries and with the help of an ac inverter plugin.

  2. oeman50

    The rate of water flow is somewhat important, however the height difference between the inlet and outlet to your turbine or wheel is crucial, as well. The greater the available height, the less water flow you need. You may have to experiment to see how much torque and what speed the set-up can deliver.

    The converter of mechanical to electrical energy is a generator. You would have to size it for the power you expect to produce and see if you have enough energy from your creek source.

    Those are the technical issues. If you live in the US, the regulatory issues are another story. I just read a news article today that said many people want to build small hydro plants but are stalled because the regulations require environmental studies that are way too expensive for small hydro projects. Also, you may want to consider your neighbors may get upset it you create a pond or other impoundment upstream, water rights can cause disputes. And if you are trying to do this without an impoundment you won’t get much power.

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