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Topic Title: Green Water Powered Electricity Generation.
Topic Summary: Low Tech and Inexpensive.
Created On: 12 August 2017 10:29 AM
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broadgage

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The power output from such installations is very limited if compared to that available from the grid, but still very useful.

20 watts can light a small home, if not generously, at least to be better standard than most of our ancestors enjoyed.
100 watts will give most of the less energy intensive modern conveniences.
1KW will give the above plus electric water heating or limited electric cooking, maybe both.

Small scale hydropower like this has the merit of being available 24/7, thereby limiting the size and cost of battery storage.
It can be easily supplemented by PV which then allows relatively heavy loads to be run when the sun is out. Grain mill, saw bench, large water pump, washing machine and the like.
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