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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