Small scale micro hydro power is both an efficient and reliable form of energy most of the time however there are certain disadvantages that should be considered before constructing a small hydro power system it is crucial to have a grasp of the potential energy benefits as well as the limitations of hydro technology. Low head refers to a change in elevation of less than 10 feet 3 meters a vertical drop of less than 2 feet 06 meters will probably make a small scale hydroelectric system unfeasible however for extremely small power generation amounts a flowing stream with as little as 13 inches of water can support a submersible turbine. Get this from a library streams of power developing small scale hydro systems ontario ministry of energy renewable energy in canada firm a guide for those who think they might have an appropriate site and would like to take the next steps towards developing their own small scale hydro electric systems particularly in ontario . If you have a reliable stream a diy hydro system can be a very cost effective way to generate power since hydro gives 24 7 generation the energy from even low power hydro generators adds up water pumping is covered under solar water pumping including ram pumps directory for this page small hydro flow of river hydro. 06 meters will probably make a small scale hydroelectric system unfeasible however for extremely small power gen eration amounts a flowing stream with as little as 13 inches of water can support a submersible turbine like the type used originally to power scientific instruments towed behind oil exploration ships
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