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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

Asked By: comic geek - 12/10/2008
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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... More
Answered By: oeman50 - 12/10/2008
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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.
Answered By: Norman O - 12/10/2008
 
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.
Answered By: Lando - 12/10/2008
 
Implied in those other answers but important if not obvious is the fact that there are houses and there are houses - anyone who is considering alternative energy has got to consider cutting back on power usage by being more efficient or simply reducing use. One reason is the cost per watt for small projects is high... More
Answered By: mike1942f - 12/10/2008
 
in the 1880s communities in southern california got electricity just this way, using creeks flowing out of the San Gabriel mountain range. while it works good for electricity, about once every 10 years a rain storms brings a gully washer that destroys all the equipment. designing an installation that will survive even... More
Answered By: lare - 12/10/2008
 
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