Micro-Hydro Systems: Sizing your Pipeline
Pipe sizing is another unique aspect of the micro-hydro system, unless you use a turbine or propeller system with an open ended intake set directly in stream.
For most micro-hydro systems, though, there are a few important aspects about piping:
- Place a sturdy filter over the intake end of the pipe, for both debris and fish.
- Place the intake off to the side of the direct current of the river or stream, in order to avoid a spring current so strong that it will damage your micro hydro system.
- Friction loss can impede the effectiveness of a micro hydro system, so purchase a sufficiently wide piping system.
Burying the pipeline will enhance the attractiveness of your micro hydro system and your property. It will also keep animals away from it. PVC is a sturdy enough material though steel is of course ideal. You want a micro hydro system that will last for generations. In all aspects of micro hydro, the key thing to remember is that everything gets wet.
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