Micro-Hydro Typical

System and Costs

What it costs?

The main components of a hydroelectric system are the turbine, wire, and pipe. System costs are determined by 4 factors:

  • 1.Cost of Turbine:
    The turbine selected is a one, two, or four nozzle turbine. Costs range from $2250.00 to $2600.00.plus import duties , taxes and sales tax (VAT)
  • 2.Pipeline/Penstock:
    The pipe diameter and length need to be determined by the available head and flow to maximize the system potential.
  • 3.Cost of Power Transmission:
    The wire size is determined by the amount of power generated by the turbine and the distance from the turbine to the point of use, such as the batteries.
  • 4.Power conditioning equipment:
    All but the smallest systems need voltage regulation to protect batteries from over-charging. Costs range from $100.00 to $300.00. Systems needing 220-volt, 60 cycle AC require an inverter. Costs vary from $350.00 for a system that will power a tv and a computer, to a $3400.00 inverter that will power an entire household.

Typica examples

Conventional House 220 volt

# Site conditions:

  • Head: 100 feet
  • FLow: 100 G.P.M.
  • Pipe length: 1000 feet
  • Pipe size: 4 in. PVC
  • Distance to house: 300 feet
  • Output: 1000 watts

# Components that you will need:

  • Pipe
  • Turbine: 2 nozzle
  • Batteries

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