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Hydroelectric: DIY [Waterwheel]

Diversion        Water Wheel

Materials Needed
Electric Generator
Water Wheel (can be easily made)
Axle (must be strong to support the weight of the wheel, especially if you choose to have a floating wheel)
Pulley System

As seen in the drawing above, the water is channeled to pass through a large water wheel (the water does not have to be brought through on a platform as in the picture, but it will provide for more consistent flow). The water wheel has a fixed axle which spins a pulley connected to an electric generator. The constant spinning of the generator creates an even flow of electricity.

Pinecrest sells a manual with detailed instructions on how to build a hydroelectric wheel turbine system in a flat, shallow creek.

Where to Buy Micro Hydro Power Generators
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