Small hydro systems provide a very reliable source of power. The terminology can be a bit misleading – a small hydro system is actually quite a large system. The designations are as follows:
The disadvantage is that even a small system requires a reasonable water supply with a relatively high head.
As an example, a 500W pico hydro generator, would require 3.5 litre per second flow at a pressure of 30 meters.
500W seems to be a small generator but running 24 hours a day, produces 12 kWhs, so coupled with batteries, an inverter and/or solar panels, it becomes a very reliable off grid power system, with resilience against extended low sun periods
As a result of the flow required small hydro systems are only viable where there is a high rainfall or a year-round creek with a good water flow.
If you think you have a site that may be suitable for small hydro, CDGA Power can conduct a free no obligation site assessment and provide report, system design and quote.
This package is ideal for a small cabin or shed. It provides a 400W 12 V DC power supply and has a 255 Ah battery. This package is designed for weekend use.
This package is ideal for farm machinery sheds or a workshop. It provides a 1300 W 240 V AC power supply and has a 500 Ah battery.
Ideal for remote water pumping applications including pumping from a river, well, bore or transferring water. 1300W 240V AC power supply with 255 Ah battery.
Ideal for a shack, or a residential house with a moderate power consumption requirement. It provides a 4000 W 240 V AC power supply and has a 555 Ah battery.
The Residential House Package is an ideal solution for a residential house with a considerable power consumption requirement. It provides a 6500W 240V AC power supply and has a 1,576 Ah battery.
Ideal for residential homes that experience regular power outages. It provides 3KW of back up power should the mains power not be available, enough to provide power for a regular residential house.
Ideal for a residential home that experience regular power outages. It provides 10KW of back up power should the mains power not be available, enough to provide power for a regular residential house for 5 hours.
This package is ideal for site offices, construction sites, mining exploration or functions etc when a portable power source is required. The base package is supplied in a lockable, powder coated steel site toolbox.