Micro Hydropower

Micro Hydropower
There are many definitions of micro hydropower, but one of them is ? hydro systems up till a rated capacity of approximately 300 kW capacity. The limit is set to 300 kW because this is about the maximum size for most stand alone hydro systems not connected to the grid, and suitable for ?run-of-the-river? installations? (Microhydropower.net, 2005). This is why they are called ?micro? power plants because they only produce a small amount of power, but it?s usually enough to power the average North American home.
I found there was a very simple answer to the question I had about how a micro hydroelectric power plant works away from a river, and that is by pipes. A pipe with an intake opening is placed at the head of a river, or waterfall, and it traces (usually underground) to the site of the house or micro hydropower plant. The larger around the pipe is, the better because friction in the pipe can slow down the water and waste energy. Once the water runs through the pipe and reaches the turbine, the generator turns it in to useable energy (Water, 1998).

Overall, I found that in an answer to the guest lecturer?s question, I would definitely use micro hydropower in my home in the future. I found that micro hydro systems aren?t very complicated, it lasts several decades, and is usually more cost effective than other renewable forms of power

Micro Hydropower 8.9 of 10 on the basis of 1500 Review.