An underground mountain lake feeds seven streams that come together to be stored in a 200,000 gallon dammed pond. The dam feeds an 8" HDPE penstock ( ISCO) pipe beginning inside a debris filtering concrete forebay while the turbine/generator sits in a 5ft x 6ft garden shed in a gully 72.4 ft. below the dam. Water pressure at the base of the penstock is 31.5 PSI and a Gates carbon timing belt increases the speed of the 1500 RPM PowerPal T8 turgo Vietnamese turbine to the generator's required 1800 RPM for 60 cycle 240V/120V electric power.The 6Kw Marathon Electric generator with voltage regulator was wired for hydro electric power use. Besides electrically powering the house, two 80 gallon tanks are employed to heat, store water, and circulate water through the baseboard heating loop when needed as well as through a domestic hot water heat exchanger. The turbine is now producing on average 2.5 to 3.5 Kw hours throughout the year. An actuator system allows the turbine needle valve throttle to be opened and closed remotely from the house. Microhydro can produce clean renewable energy utilizing pure clean water that is an abundant resource of New York State. The system puts back all of the clean water it uses into the same stream.
The returning water is just as clean as when it was extracted.
Most of the installation can be built underground to make it environmentally invisible.The documented yearly power production of this installation has varied between 16,000 and 27,000 kwh depending on the amount of yearly rainfall here on Millbrook Mountain.
The jobs that can be created by the expansion of this field include HDPE pipe manufacture, fusion splicing equipment, fusion splice operators, couplings, steel fabrication, excavation, hydrologists survey,turbine manufacture,generator manufacture, electricians, power transmissions, wire and cable,excavation equipment and operators,prefabricated cement catch basins, transfer switches, water heaters,pressure gauges, trucking, steel fabrication, etc.The list goes on and on.
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