How to make a homemade hydroelectric power plant!

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Ho-ly mo-ly. Manfred Mornhinweg, de la Rep├║blica de Chile, is now an official eco-hero, joining the proud ranks of such luminaries as Amory Lovins (and almost Michael Jackson).

Not only did Manfred freaking build his own homemade mini-hydroeletric power plant, but he documented the entire process with pictures and step-by-step instructions!

With the help of some of his friends and neighbors, and a whole lot of gumption, he dug a side-channel off a creek to divert some water for his lil’ hydroelectric plant.

Digging hydroelectric channel

He ordered the hydroelectric turbine from the glorious People’s Republic o’ China:
Hydroelectric turbine

And eventually was able to power his house off hydroelectric electricity, after many months of hard work!
Hydroelectric turbine installed

If you’re interested in how to make a homemade mini-hydroelectric power plant, or want to get electricity from a creek or stream, you’ll definitely want to check out his full account here. It took me a few days to read (slowly sounding out the big words, finger scrolling across the sentences), but it’s very interesting, quite so.

Posted in construction, eco hero, electric, green living, off the grid, water on Sunday, August 3rd, 2014 at 1:06 PM.

2 Responses to “How to make a homemade hydroelectric power plant!”

  1. Dale Evans says:

    This is amazing! We've got a stream nearby…but need some gumption. (Eat more bruschetta!)

    • ecojoe says:

      That would take a HECK of a lot of gumption and stick-to-it-tiveness to make! Bruschetta is always a good idea, I must agree.

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