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Microhydro: Clean Power from Water

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  10 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Hydroelectricity is the world’s largest—and cleanest—source of renewable -energy. But despite lively interest in renewables generally, there is an information vacuum about the smallest version of the technology dubbed "the simplest, most reliable and least expensive way to generate power off grid."

Highly illustrated and practical, Microhydro is the first complete book on t
Paperback, 176 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by New Society Publishers
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This book is written on a sixth grade reading level, and that's a good thing. It's just what I needed to see whether my property is right for microhydro power, without having to wade through dense chapters of information I don't need yet.

Go to my blog to read the full review of Microhydro, including information on assessing the flow, assessing the head, and estimating the power at your potential site.
Mar 24, 2009 Junio rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone with a stream
Shelves: green
This book is a thorough treatise on microhydro, small scale electrical production with water. With it, you could go a long way towards planning and executing your own microhydro project, or at the very least identifying whether you have a site suitable for this kind of power production. It explains all the variables, how to survey a site, how to calculate the electrical potential of the site, and tells you about materials choices.

Anyone with a stream should read it.
Brian Thomas
I thought the level was a little too basic to be useful to me. If you don't know anything about electricity or hydro power, this book might be a good place to start. It is written for the tinkerer or hobbyist. If you have any technical training beyond high school, you can probably learn what you need to know from a website such as the one by Practical Action:
Chris P
A pretty good book for those interested in residential microhydro applications. Focuses on application and case study applications rather than a straight forwards how-to approach.
Chris Brimmer
Good primer, a little light on info good for site specific problems. You will be a well educated lay person but not an expert.
Extremely infomative!!! Has abundant information on all sorts of microhydro systems. Great for everyone interested in the topic!
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