Would a DIY wind generator work as a micro hydro generator? Answered
I own land in the mountains and i have a spring fed stream. Total drop across my property is about 25 feet. The creek has at least 30 gpm flowing in it. I know what 10 gpm looks like and it is way more, maybe as much as 50 gpm. I will measure it soon. I have been fascinated by the idea of building my own generator and using the water as a power source.
That leads me to my questions:
how to make it produce power at lower RPM?
How to reduce cogging by design?
What size wire for my coils?
One strand in the coil or several strands? (i have seen them wound with 4 strands)
How many coils and magnets? (size too)
I figure 3 phase a/c. Any reason to do something else?
I have seen many great Youtube vidoes on wind turbine generators but that is such a variable power source. Would those generator designs be appropriate for a hydro system? Hydro is a much more reliable power source, so i want to do this right from the start. At this point in time its just an idea but I want to run with it. It will power a small off the grid cabin and work shop. A solar system will be part of this total system as well but i want to develop this water source first.
Its at about 400 feet from the stream to the cabin location.