Submission Title

Constructing and Testing a Hydrokinetic Generator

Location

Jereld R. Nicholson Library

Subject Area

Physics

Description

As Earth’s expendable resources dwindle, the need for alternative, renewable energy sources grows. Out of this need, an old favorite source is rising in popularity: small, single dwelling water turbines. Water-driven turbines first began as a means for turning mills, and eventually evolved into massive dams that can power whole regions. The benefit of smaller turbines, like micro- and pico-hydro power sizes, is that they can be used in streams, especially in remote areas, places that solar or wind energy is not feasible, or anywhere that even a small stream is accessible. This project focused on the construction of, and testing the properties of, a small pico-hydro power turbine. By controlling the water flow, a representation of the peak power output was measured, serving as a basis for determining the value of pico-power systems in regards to the world’s current energy production.

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Constructing and Testing a Hydrokinetic Generator

Jereld R. Nicholson Library

As Earth’s expendable resources dwindle, the need for alternative, renewable energy sources grows. Out of this need, an old favorite source is rising in popularity: small, single dwelling water turbines. Water-driven turbines first began as a means for turning mills, and eventually evolved into massive dams that can power whole regions. The benefit of smaller turbines, like micro- and pico-hydro power sizes, is that they can be used in streams, especially in remote areas, places that solar or wind energy is not feasible, or anywhere that even a small stream is accessible. This project focused on the construction of, and testing the properties of, a small pico-hydro power turbine. By controlling the water flow, a representation of the peak power output was measured, serving as a basis for determining the value of pico-power systems in regards to the world’s current energy production.