[Video] How To Build A 5 Gallon Bucket Hydroelectric Generator That Lets You Create Your Own Electricity!

Five Gallon Bucket Hydroelectric Generator — @ engineeringforchange.org

Living near a stream allows you to generate small amounts of energy for your own consumption. Be sure to situate your generator in an area of the stream where it will be safe and secure from animals and other elements that can possible destroy it. Many thanks to editor @ engineeringforchange.org

The generator is easy to build and easy to maintain. While not as efficient as commercially available pico-hydro systems, the generator offers a simple solution that can be manufactured locally and serviced by artisans with limited resources and skills….

As the generator is configured in this manual, a minimum of 30 feet of head and a flow of 26 gallons per minute is required, in order to reach the 13.7 volts needed for 12 volt charging. In addition tothe generator, a penstock and trash rack must be constructed. We used 2” PVC pipe fitted with a ball valve at ach end of the penstock, and another five gallon bucket fitted with hardware cloth at the mouth as a trash rack at the head of the penstock. As you see the images.


Quick preview of ‘Five Gallon Bucket Hydroelectric Generator’.

Layout of the Manifold and the 10-24 Threaded Rod Holes for the Bucket Lid


Construction of the Manifold



Head to source article for complete instructions and details-PDF.

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Video shows some of the assembly, as well as the generator in action..

The video showing installation of a pico-hydropower generator to power the instruments measuring sediment transport in the Porter Creek Project.

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11 thoughts on “[Video] How To Build A 5 Gallon Bucket Hydroelectric Generator That Lets You Create Your Own Electricity!

  • February 15, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    note only stupid it takes 6 pages to get to vidio and guess what you could do better with old fashion water wheel

  • February 15, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    google micro hydro or Pelton wheel. yo will find more info faster than trying to get threw this.

  • February 15, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    I don’t know why but they made it seem like you could do this with stuff from around the garage while a natural disaster is happening but I don’t know anyone with a mile of piping just laying around haha

  • September 20, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    I know it’s not possible right now but it would be cool if you could get these to run from the rain like the gutter down spouts. I know you would need a lot of rain for it to make any power and it still probably wouldn’t generate enough power to be useful. I’m just saying it’s a cool idea.


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