Hydro-Electric Power: Why Size Doesn’t Matter?

While hydropower is considered to be a source of renewable energy by the government, the construction of large hydropower dams has generated a lot of negative press and general opposition in recent years. This doesn’t mean all hydro-electric power should be discounted. When it comes to hydroelectric, people need to remember – bigger isn’t always better. All over the world, the largest hydropower potential can be found in smaller rivers with a low height difference. These sites require far less government funding and have a way lower risk than the large dam alternatives.

What Micro-Hydro Units Can DoWith the right micro-hydro units, zero-emission energy can be produced around the clock, regardless of whether it is day or night. As long as water continues to flow, micro-hydro technology can generate power with as little as 1-meter of moving water.Micro-hydro units can be used to take advantage of existing infrastructures, without the need for new construction and at a very low cost. In fact, almost all the towns, industries, even the whole of human civilization has grown around moving water. For example, there are communities living close to rivers, companies that use industrial water, and man-made irrigation canals, which we find plenty in Chile.

All of the places above have renewable energy resources within their grasps. All they need to do is tap into this hydro-electric power through the use of micro-hydro units, such as the ones Turbulent is developing.

Energy production is also much more predictable with small hydropower units, and not destructive to the surrounding environment. We’ve been living in symbiosis with these sources of moving water, and in the new energy revolution, Turbulent turbines can help us to start using the huge amounts of renewable energy contained in these.
Energy Potential with Turbulent Turbines

One benefit of Turbulent turbines is the sturdy design that requires little maintenance. As such we can install them in a flow chain, where we put several of them in series along the length of canals or rivers without driving up operational costs. This way the energy output can be increased to the multi-MW level.

In any canal south of Santiago de Chile, it is reasonable to generate more than 3 MW of clean, renewable hydropower per canal. The potential is there, it just needs to be tapped.

To find out more about the hydropower products we offer and the options available, contact Turbulent Hydro. We would be happy to discuss your needs and help you generate profits from your water flow with our micro-hydro technology.

What are your thoughts on the size of hydro power? Do you support energy production by small hydro units? Share your view with us in the comments below, and share this post to let more people know “size doesn’t matter” and small is even better!

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