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Energy Alternatives' Online Microhydro course is based on the
hands-on experience of Energy Alternatives, who has installed
and used microhydro systems for decades.
This is a self-paced course that is conducted online from the
comfort of your home, ofice or internet cafe. You are able to
choose which topics are of most interest to you, and skip those
that do not apply to your application.
Everything you need to know to design and install your own microhydro system is
included, with tips on what to do and what not to do - because it has been
After Chapter 1 and 2, you should know the basic components of a microhydro
system and be able to figure out the size of system required for your
Chapter 3 will help you determine how much potential energy is in your creek.
This chapter goes far beyond the typical information given from turbine
manufacturers and government agencies, which often ignore the properties and
size of the pipeline, which radically changes the power you can produce.
This chapter will help you choose the best location and pipe size to get the
most power from your creek at the most practical price, with the help of the
Microhydro Power Calculator.
Simply follow the course instructions to enter the values in the boxes, and the
power output of your system will be automatically generated. This calculator,
is a valuable tool to design microhydro systems.
Chapter 4 will teach in detail the components - turbines, batteries,
alternators, inverters - for a small system that charges batteries. -sample
Larger systems, which power appliances directly without a battery are covered in
Chapter 6 takes you through the practical tips of building a pipeline.
Knowledge from the whole course comes together in Chapter 7 to describe how
different people solved dilemmas in their working microhydro systems. These
examples show how much fun as well as practical microhydro systems can be.
Several case studies demonstrate that the rules for building a microhydro
system are flexible - simple solutions often work. -sample
The course wraps up with a guide to common incentives and regulations around
water rights, grid intertie and building codes across North America.
If you are considering building a microhydro system, or are interested in modern
applications of this most ancient renewable resource, this course is the most
complete and easy source of information available. Sign up today.