micro hydro power


Im after some information relating to micro hydro power.
We have a moderate amount of water in the winter flowing through some areas of the farm and are interested in a micro hydro power system - something that would generate say 4 kw

Are such things available?
Send me some details and I'll let you know. I'll run a quick flow estimation and see what can be done. Do you know how much head there is and over what distance? 4Kw is a bit smaller than we'd take on at SBA, but sure I can help.


Perth & Kinross
Is there any small scale hydro options for low head burns/streams? Constant flow and of course a lot more in winter than in summer which would prob tie in well with demand for power.


Very interesting stuff, there's a fair bit of water running to waste here that we need to use better to cut mains water bills and we've already got a solar system putting small amounts into the grid so there's potential to put a small project together.Has anyone any experience of people who are worth contacting about advice on such things..?
I would be happy to estimate flows and provide an estimated output for a given head. Just give me a location. As I said previously, these smaller systems are probably not of commercial interest to us, but I'm interested from a geeky perspective so happy to help.


Normally its the red tape from EA that kills hydro schemes but if you remain under the radar these work very well.

I'll second that, I had a client who had a very nice little scheme planned and would have ticked loads of boxes and been a nice little earner. But the mass of paperwork and surveys the EA wanted killed it stone dead unfortunately.

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Five nature-recovery projects spanning nearly 100,000ha across the West Midlands, Cambridgeshire, the Peak District, Norfolk and Somerset have been announced by the government and Natural England today (Thursday, May 26).

This is the equivalent in size to all 219 current National Reserves.

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