7 reasons to fail with small hydro-power development


Are you planning to develop a small hydro-power station? If yes then take a quick look on the list below, a list consisting of seven reasons that probably will lead your project into a failure.

  1. Failure to realize how important full field data is for proper design.
  2. Failure of homemade equipment made with junked parts.
  3. Over-estimating the amount and constancy of the stream flow.
  4. Penstocks or flumes that are too small to allow the plant to operate at full capacity.
  5. Failure to anticipate the expense of keeping trash racks clear and machinery in good repair.
  6. Failure to design and plan for winter ice buildup.
  7. Overestimation of a proposed plant’s capability. The average home has demand peaks varying from 4 to 12 kilowatts.

Source http://electrical-engineering-portal.com

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