The PowerSpout, A Small Water Turbine Generator There’s energy all around us. The only thing separating us and the energy and using it are the tools that allow us to capture it. Moving water is one example of energy that can help provide us energy for our daily lives. I recently stumbled across the PowerSpout, a small turbine that is powered by moving water which it converts into energy that can either be used for a grid-tied system (reduce your power bill) or to charge a battery bank to draw energy from later (off-grid). Here’s how it works. What separates energy captured from water and wind and solar is that is is a constant source that runs 24/7. Another cool thing is that after the three-year warranty has expired on your generator, the company claims that the replacements parts (if needed) are cheap and easily replaced. Here is a quick video introduction to the PowerSpout that gives you a breakdown of how it works. Want to get great tiny-house related stories like this sent directly to your inbox?
How To Build A 5 Gallon Bucket Hydroelectric Generator A Small Creek Provides Plenty of Power For This Off-Grid Home For eight years, Tracey and I lived in a solar powered home and for eight cloudy winters, we ran a small Honda generator every week to recharge our batteries. We understood that the original owner of our home had operated a small hydro system from the property's year round creek but we never investigated this option because the creek ran through dense forest. Besides, we could just tell there wasn't sufficient drop over its course. We finally decided to use Backwoods Solar's Site Level just to confirm hydro didn't make sense.Much to our surprise, our traverse through the woods from a potential turbine site to a convenient intake location revealed about 80' of drop. Site Level Voila, hydro potential. A quick assessment of the benefits of this quantity of energy convinced us to proceed with an installation. Prior to that weekend, Tracey and I had to develop the route for the penstock through the woods through which the creek meandered. Flume Creek
Portland installs turbines in their city water pipes, powers city by flushing toilets Hydoelectric turbines have been installed in one of the main water pipelines in Portland, Oregon, utilizing the water pressure to produce electricity. The turbines work where water is flowing downhill, and are already recouping some of the energy cost in keeping the water system running. When fully in place, these pipe generators can power hundreds of thousands of homes. Gregg Semler, CEO of Lucid Energy, followed his dream of "helping water become more sustainable" by developing this smart piping system. Not only are they electricity generators, they also have state of the art sensors to detect change in water pressure to keep pipes from bursting, and the ability to detect if drinking water is contaminated.
PowerTrekk PowerTrekk - the world´s first Water Charger: 5 inches x 2.5 inches x 1.75 inches Power anywhere, anytime - just add water. PowerTrekk uses fuel cell technology which cleanly and efficiently converts hydrogen into electricity. Users simply insert the PowerTrekk Puck and add water to provide instant power on the go via a USB cord. Unlike solar chargers, fuel cell power is not impacted by cloudy weather. Users simply insert a 'PowerPukk fuel pack' and add water. The device will be aimed initially at campers and trekkers, but the company has been recognized by USAID and the Pentagon for the many possibilities this type of portable generation offers. By Signa Chemistry, www.powertrekk.com The PowerTrekk will be available from REI for $199 for the base unit.
Three examples of water powered technology will make you question the need for gas stations | (Verborgen) nieuws (Collective Evolution) Every day the world becomes aware of technologies that have the potential to halt the unnecessary damage we continue to inflict on the world through our use of fossil fuels, and water powered technology seems to be one of them. Below are three examples of technologies which show that we have the potential to really do things differently here on the planet. It’s time to live in a way that resonates with the collective rather than continually using outdated methods to drive our machinery. Stanley Meyer’s water fuel cellSome time ago, Stanely Allen Meyer supposedly invented a water powered car, and it received very little attention at the time. It was even covered by mainstream media back in the day: “I don’t care if you use rainwater, well water, city water, ocean water. It’s just another example of the many options for generating energy that are now available to us and which could end our dependence on fossil fuels. “Refueling U.S. Source: Collective Evolution
How To Convert Your Old Washing Machine Into A Water Powered Generator for Free Power posted Categories: Energy Whether you’re living off-the-grid or you just want to be able to save on monthly energy bill, you will appreciate this homemade generator tutorial courtesy of Angry Ram. In the YouTube video below, he demonstrates how to create your very own power generator out of an old washing machine. Aside from using water pressure, this generator can also be powered by mounting it on a windmill or bicycle. Many thanks to Angry Ram for sharing this video tutorial. This is what AngryRam had to say about his videos: "This video is intended for information purposes only, working with electricity can be dangerous, If you are not qualified, please consult an electrician before attempting any wiring shown in this video. I'm told Whirpool Cabrio and Maytag Bravos use the same type of stator motor for those who can't find this model." Suitable for most 12 - 30 volt applications. This has been powering my house for over 2 years & is still running as strong as the day I built it.
Homemade hydroelectric generator uses plastic bottles as water wheel Lost in the woods near a stream, with some empty water bottles, wire, plastic plates, and a stepper motor, *and* you need to charge your smartphone? Try this. OK, so perhaps you wouldn't ever be caught away from the grid with all the necessary parts, and have running water nearby, and have cell service but a dying phone battery, but in case you'd like to MacGyver together a working hydroelectric generator just for fun (and free electricity) or for a child's science project, YouTuber Thomas Kim has you covered. Kim, a power plant operator and science enthusiast, shows us how it's done in this short video, which is short on technical details but long on showing the viability of a small-scale DIY hydro generator for charging a smartphone and/or LED lights: Although not specifically mentioned, it appears that he also integrated a voltage regulator (and USB connector) to keep the output from damaging the phone, which would seem to be an important factor. H/T Gizmodo
PowerSpout Pump Micro-Hydro Generator posted Categories: Rainwater Harvesting, On The Farm, Homesteading, Tech Even a small stream can generate consistent, clean, dam free, renewable electricity at a price per Watt lower than solar or wind. A single PowerSpout at a site good enough to generate 1kW can produce enough electricity for a typical house for a year (>8,000 kWh/yr). The small (18 inches wide), all-weather PowerSpout PLT is one of the most reliable, cost-effective generators around because we have spent a decade making micro-hydro efficient and affordable. There are numerous small, off grid properties in this part of Scotland, accessible only by sea. Several households have installed micro hydro systems in this area over the years, using capacitor excited induction motors (driven by pelton or turgo runners) to generate AC power directly (without batteries). There are 4 dwelling houses in this hamlet and a larger restaurant, holiday accommodation and a big workshop.
Products Individual Page Imagine you could use any kind of small head difference in a river or canal. The power those drops contain might surprise you. We created a technology that can make use of all these small waterfalls or rapids in a way that's safe for the environment. Gone are the days that communities had to choose between having power or fish to eat. Our robust and fish friendly vortex turbiness will generate energy 24/7 at an incredibly low cost of energy. That way you can have a project with high return on investment that improves the world just that little bit. Now, if you look at a river or canal, you'll notice that it's full of these small cascades, that's how nature builds rivers. The energy produced can be directly connected to your appliances or machinery, and at the same time connected to the national distribution grid, so you can inject the unused power to it, maximizing the revenue through a net billing connection.
Pros And Cons Of Mini-Hydro Power Plants In Irrigation Canals While the first time that moving water allowed to produce electricity occurred more than a century ago, in 1882, on the Fox River in Wisconsin, hydropower has always had a significant role in the expansion of the electricity among the world population. After all, hydropower remains as one of the most valuable renewable energy resources, and they represent a non-polluting, a non-radioactive, and a nonconsumptive use of water resources. A major discussion that we have been watching in the last couple of decades relates to the size that hydropower dams should have. One of the thing that is being discussed is the use of micro-hydro power plants in irrigation canals. So, what are mini-hydro power plants? Simply put, a mini-hydro power plant is one of the many kinds of hydroelectric power that are usually able to produce up to 100 kW of electricity, only using the natural flow of the water. Mini-Hydro Power Plants In Irrigation Canals Pros: 1: Efficient 2: Reliability 3: No Reservoir
amazon Portland Installs Turbines in City Water Pipes To Create Free Electricity Leave it to Portlandia to figure out how to create hydro-power without building a dam! Portlandians are now generating free electricity every time they turn on the tap! If you live in Portland, Oregon, your lights are now powered in part by the water flowing through your pipes. The city recently installed new municipal water pipes equipped with four 42-inch turbines that create electricity from the water passing through them. Historyically, hydropower has been created by damming rivers and installing turbines inside the dams, which can be damaging to fish and the river itself. Tap-water hydropower creates virtually no effect on wildlife, as it is simply harnessing the energy of water that’s already flowing through the pipes. “It’s pretty rare to find a new source of energy where there’s no environmental impact,” says Gregg Semler, CEO of Lucid Energy, the Portland-based startup that designed the new system. “But this is inside a pipe, so no fish or endangered species are impacted.
New carbon membrane generates a hundred times more power Leiden chemists have created a new ultrathin membrane only one molecule thick. The membrane can produce a hundred times more power from seawater than the best membranes used today. The researchers have published their findings in Nature Nanotechnology. Thin and porous When fresh and saltwater meet, an exchange of salt and other particles takes place. How much power is generated depends on the thickness of the membrane and how porous it is. To create this new membrane, Xue Liu and Grégory Schneider spread a large number of oily molecules on a water surface. Graphene The new carbon membrane is similar to graphene, a large flat membrane made up of only carbon atoms. This new membrane combines the best of both worlds. More information: Xue Liu et al. Citation: New carbon membrane generates a hundred times more power (2020, March 10) retrieved 10 March 2020 from This document is subject to copyright.