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Land to House
Land to House 5 aylar önce
If you Enjoyed this hydro install check out this one here: trvid.com/video/video-V82SVeVXKcA.html
Mike 15 gün önce
Seth, have you considered developing your seeps... Great vids on hand drilling using galvanized couplings cut with a band saw, attached to PVC and drill..? Great vid looking forward to more!!!
Land to House
Land to House Aylar önce
New battery has arrived. Upgrade video coming soon.
PatriotWarrior556 Aylar önce
Why are you tied into the grid at all?...Why not upgrade your battery bank and be off grid?
Melicoy Aylar önce
Is it ok to have #1 sewer line close to over top of panel. #2 3 phase exiting box where supply water enters?
Land to House
Land to House 3 aylar önce
@Steven Penner The local mineral museum says there's very little gold in them hills.
Michel Tatoute
Michel Tatoute Aylar önce
By replacing the reservoir at the top with something way bigger (aka a pond), you may modulate the flow of water depending of the need of the battery charger. To say it another way, instead of storing energy into the battery, witch is costly, better to store it by retaining the water on top. Regulation of the produced power can be done by automation of your 4 valves inside the PVC box, using servo motors,.
Gary Haas
Gary Haas 21 gün önce
If he would have made a pond, he would have had to apply for an E.P.A. permit quite possibly and then there would need to have a Registered Civil P.E. to do a study on what would be impacted environmentally through a computer simulation etc. That would be in the upwards of 50 to 100 thousand dollars depending on many factors respectively.
keith king
keith king 24 gün önce
I agree 👍
Dollar Delights
Dollar Delights 26 gün önce
Or simple low voltage solenoid valves
barrell cooper
barrell cooper 26 gün önce
Interesting, thanks for the video. 1 comment: Consider connecting your batteries in parallel, then in series.. helps better balance the cell load. Probably not important for AGM but is for lifo.
GJS Computer Stuff
GJS Computer Stuff Aylar önce
@David James I'n not upset at all. I've basically shown you the hypocrisy within your own statements, which you either unable to see or unwilling to admit to.
DIYDaveT 24 gün önce
Pro tip: do not just discard the material that ends up at the bottom of your wooden box without first panning it to check for gold content. Just put a removable plastic box at the bottom of what you already have and then lift it out, dump it in a tailings bag and when you have collected enough, go pan it out. Who knows, your stream might run past a gold bearing source that wears down into the water over time.
Tayan Dylor
Tayan Dylor 16 gün önce
completely agree. seems like the ideal place for that to be a good source for finding gold
Matt Tucker
Matt Tucker 17 gün önce
@Escape.Idiocracy I thought the same thing. Next video... "How I ditched my Awesome Mountain Hydroelectric Power and installed a self-panning gold farm!"
Escape.Idiocracy 20 gün önce
This would likely have a higher ROI than the power….
John von Oldmann
John von Oldmann 22 gün önce
He should set up a box for that with carpet/ripples, plus this looks like N. Cack-a-lacka.
keith king
keith king 24 gün önce
Not a bad idea 💡 👍👌
Chris Scott
Chris Scott Aylar önce
Have you considered a float switch in the barrel and PID controller to adjust dynamically the turbine valves? It's a fair bit more complexity but it would allow you to get the most power out of your system without losing it to the overflow
coxy ofnewp
coxy ofnewp 15 gün önce
I thought the exact same thing.. It make it run and generate more power, when there's a higher water flow all automatically..
JimPeachley Aylar önce
Your videos make me wish I lived closer to a stream. Some suggestions for your hydro-electric system: 1 I know you know this but, place your generator as absolutely far downhill as possible and the water collection tank as close to the source as possible for maximum drop. 2 Try to triangulate-brace the support structures under the water lines. It might help prevent some collapsing. Could the Inside End of the overflow pipe on the hydro-electric water collection tank be positioned within a couple inches of the bottom of the tank so it'll draw at least some of the sediment from the bottom and eject it? Keep up the inspiring work.
Joe Abad
Joe Abad 4 aylar önce
For someone who is not an electrician you've done a pretty darn good job. Im not only talking about the electrical workmanship, but, putting up the whole install. Its the whole bells and whistles from source, electrical generation (Solar,Hydro,Grid) down to distribution. Its practically a mini power Plant.. Salute to you sir. Coming from an electrical engineer.
Kevin Brooks
Kevin Brooks 14 gün önce
Bahaha, you're kidding right?
keith king
keith king 24 gün önce
Agree 👍
Alicia Proctor
Alicia Proctor 26 gün önce
@joeabad5908 I am very interested in learning electrical engineering. My degree is in Political science, so I have no electrical engineering experience, nor do I know anyone (still alive) who does who could advise me. I have learned basic electrical skills, like adding circuits in my home for lights, outlets, a new oven, etc. around my home, but that’s it so far. Are there any books that u would recommend where I should start learning? My interest is personal, not professional- I want to learn for my own sake. I am especially interested for the purpose of eventually building my own home and living “off the grid”. I’d truly appreciate any recommendations or advice you r willing to share! Thank you!
News Now Adirondacks Redux
Agree, from a Structural Engineer.
Aaron Adams
Aaron Adams 4 aylar önce
@Jeff Cossaboon It would depend on the tolerance requirements, which typically would be +/-3%. It also depends on how much current you want available. As you draw more current, the voltage will drop proportionally, which could be managed by increasing the size of the wire.
Jack smith
Jack smith Aylar önce
COWBOY MCQ6 2 aylar önce
Nice setup 👍🏼 I just bought 3 EG4 48v batteries OMG are those things heavy WOW You sure do feel like you got your money’s worth LOL
Land to House
Land to House 2 aylar önce
Yes those 5kwh batteries are crazy heavy! I am currently installing a vestwoods 15kwh lif battery that 280 pounds!
Clarence Hopkins
Clarence Hopkins 2 aylar önce
Excellent stuff bro
Frode Andersen
Frode Andersen 3 aylar önce
About a year ago, i started playing with the idea of generating power from a little creek next to our cabin up in the mountains here in Norway. After some heavy googeling i ended up here at your channel. I love the way you present your projects, and you have inspired me to go on with this idea, and now this weekend i charged our battery for the first time with power generated in the creek. Fun part is that i have created this whole system almost for free using parts other was going to toss away. I have bought a few different generators on ebay, and are going to build with both Turgo and Pelton wheels to test. First test was with a Turgo where i have no info att all on the generator, only know its an 1 phase AC type. Next on list is building a housing for the generator and setting up the electrical system. I har like 0 knowlege on this matter when the idea startet, end i have leadned a lot as the project have been moveing along. Thanks to you, there are quite a few "errors" i got to skip from watching your videos.
Leto Idaho
Leto Idaho 18 gün önce
How far up the mountain can you run a pipe? The higher you divert the water, the more power you produce.
jimginnyohio 5 aylar önce
Have really enjoyed the journey along with you on TRvid! It has really been a learning experience. Great work Seth!
Land to House
Land to House 5 aylar önce
Thank you. It has been great learning from your solar install. Hydro is a lot more work.
Q Aylar önce
Also change the design to a vortex generator, you will get more power.
AndySpitz 2 aylar önce
1 solar panel produces 100W and costs less than $100? Nice build btw.
cerberus50caldawg Aylar önce
1:34 😯 You should sift and pan the silt, sediment and rocks from that box. Never know what kind of interesting things might turn up! 🙂 Great setup and thanks for the in depth walk through of your system.👍
Space Core
Space Core 5 aylar önce
To me, the problem was not so much the wire mess than the exposed connections. Just because it's in the basement doesn't mean something isn't going to end on those contacts. You even had the experience of the mouse ! Also, i hope those exposed wirenuts are supposed to be in that tee box, otherwise they might corrode away, especially if always under tension. Also, an idea to prevent problems with expansions/contractions would be to have a sloped loop held on a platform of some kind that would allow for expansion/contraction movement while still plugged in. Great video, all in one !
Otto Didakt
Otto Didakt 4 aylar önce
in winter it would help to let the water circulate in the pipes even if you're not using the turbine, flowing water does not freeze ! i've never encountered such an amount of expansion/contraction yet i've done installs in high altitude cold climates
Land to House
Land to House 5 aylar önce
There are still a few exposed connections that need work. The rectifier for example.
Tom Bragalone
Tom Bragalone Aylar önce
Love your set up, I can definitely tell that you have put a lot of thought into it and I admire that it has very little impact on the surrounding environment. Definitely something to brag about even though it may need a little bit of touching up, it’s still working and that’s great, thanks so much for posting!!!!
Chad Southwick
Chad Southwick 3 aylar önce
I love this project and am about to do basically the same setup. Any chance you could put together a schematic so I can have better guide to design my system? Also, which batteries are you planning to upgrade to? Keep up the great work :)
Tim Perfetto
Tim Perfetto Aylar önce
@MoFreckles How dare you ruin the stream! I am your neighbor and you suck and have ruined my life
MoFreckles 2 aylar önce
I have a similar setup but I’m using a Harris Pelton from Kansas Wind Power and with one 5/16” nozzle at 58psi I’m getting 350watts. I would get a bit more if I replaced the bronze pelton wheel that’s been running continuously since 2008. The cups are worn smooth so some efficiency is lost. They have a new model with stainless pelton wheel that I would get if I was starting over. The unit in this video seems to be a bit missing some efficiency.
HighFlyin Patriot
HighFlyin Patriot Aylar önce
Solution for relieving stress on pipe pulling out of boxes in winter. Make a U by bending pipe with heat gun or using 90 degree fittings.
Margin Buu
Margin Buu 4 aylar önce
I like it. Very well thought out and it's nice that some of these companies actually reached out and were willing to work with you.
Tyler Webb
Tyler Webb 2 aylar önce
At my job they use a hot knife style system that melts the pipe and then its pushed together to weld the pipes together. may could make something similar using a torch and some clamps
kj3n 3 aylar önce
Nice setup. Well made video, very informative and well explained. I've never worked with hydro power, and it was interesting to see it installed and functional. I've installed solar power systems, not my own yet but plan on doing so. As I live in SW Florida the solar would be more than enough thankfully, as there are no creeks near me. Or mountains. I will also compliment you on your "powerhouse" build, it's not bad and actually looks pretty clean for an amateur install. I am an Electrician with 35 years in the trade, and would offer a couple suggestions though, fairly simple ones that would be well worth doing. One would be to cover all exposed terminal connections. As you've already experienced, mice will get into things and love chewing on wires. I've been told that the current flow attracts them, whether from the magnetic field or because they like the taste of insulation, I don't know. For a while companies were using a vegetable oil based plastic as wire skin and there were multiple fires caused by rodents eating through the insulation. I don't believe that's used anymore, but they still chew through wires regularly. Placing traps would be a good idea. The bare terminal connections are an issue with rodents as they produce heat and they will build nests close to them. If they complete a circuit or ground out your system you'll have an issue. Second suggestion would be placing "Caution- Live Electrical Equipment" signs on your shed. From a liability standpoint it will offer protection to anyone who could possibly enter there, but more importantly it will protect you from any legal issues if someone were to get hurt. I know it's stupid, however there are plenty of stupid people in the world today. Even if someone were to go in your shed, on your property, to attempt to steal your batteries or inverter, if they were injured they could attempt to sue you. And possibly even win. It's ridiculous, but it has happened. Here in Florida there were at least 2 cases that I know of where some crackhead went into a Florida Power and Light switching station to steal copper wire. While it was energized. Did not end well for them as they were killed, however their families sued. And were given money. I'm not sure if it was a judgement to pay them or if the company settled out of court to avoid bad publicity, but the bottom line is that the placement of Caution signs was increased, as well as the number of signs required for any areas that contain energized equipment. Better safe than sorry. Good luck on your planned upgrades, I'll look for the videos.
Mikkel Wahlgreen
Mikkel Wahlgreen 5 aylar önce
I really enjoy your videos on your micro hydro. I think you have a lot more to optimize. However, most of them are more nice to have than need to have, since the win per option is very low. E.g. you could optimize the laminar flow into the turbine or you could make a more complex regulation of your water usage. The last will be saving water at the top and you could build in a container for storage. Also you could turn the water off when not needed. I have more ideas, just from watching your videos... Keep them coming, plz :D
Dean Dee
Dean Dee Aylar önce
THIS is what I have in mind, a decent backup battery system/solar then hydro when able, hopefully year round.. I can build me a dam that will run big generators, i have the know how and engineering so forth, actually dams are not that complicated, a lot or folks think welp I'm on all level ground no way to do it.. the romans ran water uphill all the time, 1000ft in fact, how did they do it? gravity, siphons, water always finds its own level, so if the water goes below the water level the same distance you want it to go up, the pressure will always push it up that far, so you can lift the water the same distance you let it flow underground, it's called a siphon, they used inverted siphons to make the water travel over hills and mountains.. research it.. all you have to do is catch the water coming back down, run it below water level 6ft, that downhill pressure will push it up or above water level 6ft, then you just run it through penstocks, of course the pen stock for optimal efficiency are calculated at a taper, they get narrower in diameter close they get to the turbines, this creates more power and speed, its not huge, let's say if you your 8" pipe was falling 6ft then taper it to 6.5 or 7" 20 before the turbine, there are formulas for all of this easy enough to find.. or try a pumped storage set up? so you can run water downhill on a flat surface, OR, you can just divert, then dig down 4 ft, let it fall thru penstocks then out a larger diameter pipe, that enter and exit another dam the same height, again water finds its own level so it will fill that dam back up to water level, all you did was put a turbine midway thru your reverse siphon... works.. OR you can dig out a reservoir and make the dam height a few 3 ft higher than the water level, let reservoir fill and BOOM! now you even have reserves... how most modern dams are built where there are applicable canyons to fill... otherwise they simply calculate their fall in any given 10 miles of travel and build a dam, then the drop is sudden over the dam, like they do on say the columbia river, there are no rapids on the columbia river anymore cuz they have it all damned up, so now it flows deeper and slower.. works, no need for reservoirs with a constant massive flow like the columbia, smaller rivers like say the colorado you need massive reservoirs and that system is perfect for the 7 or so dams they built on that one, however they leach far too much off for drinking and bathing along with agriculture.. anywho yea I'd sure like to create my own power for sure, divert, build a nice keen dam say a 50 footer with about 8-10 ft of drop, 2 2kw turbine generators ought to be real good, then I can give all sorts of surplus to neighbors or sell back to the power company,, yea that's about right, average home uses 3-40kw per day, using 2 kilowatt I can have one offline at any given time and still produce around 50kw per day, sell teh rest back to the power company, during spring runoffs fire up both sell em about 80kw per day.. that's about $300 a month for pocket money... :-) you can set up a system with 2kw hydro turbines for around $6k with everything but the dam, penstocks so forth.. that can be creative, wood, rocks, rocks and concrete or formed up with concrete, a 40-50 footer may cost a few thousand in concrete.. around $10k you can have one pushing serious electricity, even less if you go frugal, used parts so forth, maybe as little as $2-$4k? or start with just one generator and turbine, but build your dam to accept 2-3, so 3 penstocks.. then as the electric company starts paying you buy more generators so forth.. be sure your property is zoned and you have water rights.. me thinks you might wanna implement a sluice somewhere in your setup, might be precious in them there waters?
Spam Mouse
Spam Mouse 5 aylar önce
Thank you for putting this together, both the system and the detailed video, so important to explain the "why" and lessoned learned. Two questions: given your experience with mice and the other woodland creatures that will admire your green-energy why did you not further protect the vulnerable wiring and I absolutely hate with a vengeance the use of "Wire-nuts" to connect your generator with the to-house wiring connection, terrible. Thank you in any case. 👍 (Edit: The outdoor electrical box, this is a better idea. However for fire safety - it's a bit close to your house, fire spreads with ease. It would be wise to install an "Automatic Fire Suppression System" with a primed burn-through-pipe running above each electronic system within that cupboard. There are many to choose from online, personally I would use TWO medium priced independent systems covering the same area, as this allows for one to fail while still protecting your property. Also install smoke detectors etc.)
Mark W
Mark W Aylar önce
what this has done for me over the past year ! "cost me a fortune in time & money " nice set up tho i bet it was fun and interesting to accomplish .
Land to House
Land to House Aylar önce
To be honest the youtube rev has payed for the system 5 fold.
DirectCurrent Aylar önce
This is a really nice set up. Really enjoyed watching the video and is very informative and well explained. I would love to do this myself if I had the opportunity to live near a running water source like you do. The nice thing about this is you can produce power 24/7 unlike Solar. I've been electrical contractor for over 35 years and have been living off grid for the past 30+ years. So I can really appreciate the work you put into your system. One thing I would suggest as I have also experienced in my own set up is that you need to upgrade with time. That being said I would suggest you using lithium batteries or something similar as opposed to lead acid. I understand that they are expensive but the cost is well worth. Plus you won't have to deal with all the maintenance like you have to do with Lead acid type batteries.. One other thing that I would suggest is to make sure your battery cables are sized according to your battery amperage and fused according to your amperage if you haven't done so already. This is one thing that is often overlooked. Looking forward to your next update. Keep up the great work and please stay safe.⚡👍
Doug van der Hoop
Doug van der Hoop 5 aylar önce
It has been great to see how your system has evolved over time. Is it possible to upgrade somehow for winter operation as well? !:- )
JL Laine
JL Laine 5 aylar önce
Wonderful trip down memory lane, I watched each of the videos as they were released! You've come a long way with this!
Tim Perfetto
Tim Perfetto Aylar önce
OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH emory shame you love hair and eat it
Sylvan dB
Sylvan dB 5 aylar önce
Normally on those barbed couplings it is recommended to double-clamp. Offset the clamp heads. Doing this can handle a lot of pressure and mechanical stress. The plastic coupling or the pipe itself will then be the weak point.
Bob B.
Bob B. Aylar önce
@Rob good idea! What’s the tool for the job
Tim Perfetto
Tim Perfetto Aylar önce
Why are you ruining his life? Idk
Rob 4 aylar önce
Hey man, great video! Love this idea. One suggestion I have having working in the natural gas business for over 20 years working with PE pipe being able to hold 100psi. You can simply plastic weld/fuse you pipe together eliminating all fittings and supports. The weld will be stronger than the pipe itself when done correctly. Other than that, great job!
Southbound Suarez
Southbound Suarez 4 aylar önce
Southbound Suarez
Southbound Suarez 4 aylar önce
how about butt fusion instead?
Green Acre Homestead
Green Acre Homestead 5 aylar önce
A wonderfully detailed and very interesting walkthrough of your hydro system!! 👏 🏆
Land to House
Land to House 5 aylar önce
Thanks! I tried to get a friend of mine to make this video but he was busy. He makes professional quality videos for businesses around town.
David Epperson
David Epperson 4 aylar önce
Great job man - very impressed by your industriousness!
FamilyUntethered 4 aylar önce
Wow! I have been following this build since the start; amazing progress and really cool to see the iterations and how you've applied all the lessons learned! Are you at the point of being able to financially justify the build? If you were to start building the system today with your current understanding, how would you start?
Land to House
Land to House 4 aylar önce
Because of youtube the build is 110% worth building. Non youtube I would have gone with lifepo4 batteries and there are other options than the midnite Classics for charge controller.
Keith Cress
Keith Cress 5 aylar önce
A really thorough review of your system. Easy to follow with great detail. Much enjoyed! Thanks.
Tim Steinkamp
Tim Steinkamp 4 aylar önce
I've been thinking of what I could get from a system like you have. Thanks for the information. Now we just need to have a wind turbine for a competition. I suppose in winter you could capture more hydro to supplement the loss of solar. In winter my solar drops to one tenth on many cloudy days. 24 hours of a 400 watt hydro is a constant 10k a day.
Tj Doyle
Tj Doyle 4 aylar önce
Hey, I've been watching your microhydro vids the last few days, very informative and interesting.! 2 questions. How cold does it have to be before the system freezes up? With running water, that might get it through a frost I presume? Also, I wonder if it would be possible/useful to ad a flywheel to the generator somehow, to store the kinetic energy produced? Has spwncer ever tried it? Hope you see this, thanks again
Tj Doyle
Tj Doyle 4 aylar önce
Thanks for the reply.! Can't understand why this system hasn't taken off here in ireland with all the rain and hilly land and streams. Or the hydro pump for that matter.
Land to House
Land to House 4 aylar önce
Thank you for watching. The system can handle a light frost but sometimes our winters drop down to the single digits. Definitely has problems at that point. I'm not sure about the flywheel. The constant water flow from the mountain seems to do just fine At maintaining the spin.
Tim Grant
Tim Grant Aylar önce
As a electrician I can say I'm impressed! Nice job!
Land to House
Land to House Aylar önce
It was a long road to get here. A new video is coming up with a whole house inverter and battery. Wiring was even cleaner.
Agent Orange
Agent Orange 2 aylar önce
Looks just like here in Daniel boone national forest ky ,hope one day to do a power project in my creek next to the house, maybe even a few different ,wind ,solar , never know lol
WorkbenchZ 5 aylar önce
Very nice review of what you've accomplished so far, thank you. That wasn't a mouse that ruined the previous PMA, it was loose wiring shifting around allowing one of the coil wires to touch, abrade, and then arc to the impeller housing. That short but deep notch missing from the wire is a tell-tale of arc-ablation, rodent chews are long and shallow. It's actually a design issue for Langston to work on: tie down the coil leads to the stator core after winding the coils but before potting the stator, anchoring the pigtail leads to the housing so that movement of the pigtail doesn't impart any movement to the stator wiring, and an insulating layer between the stator wiring and the housing such as 3-5 layers of resin impregnated paper.
Thomas Key jr
Thomas Key jr 4 aylar önce
The mouse was lying there blackened at least thats what he implied
jamesdond1 4 aylar önce
In the late 1960's I lived off the grid in British Columbia with a small diesel installed by a retired American engineer. He had a beautiful small hydro plant that produced about 5 kW. He used the electric power to provide heat and power to both his home and his well-equipped machine shop. He placed pipe for the system's two heat pumps in a lower pond he had made in close to his home. While I was envious of his system we never spent more than about $300.per year on our diesel. Every two weeks we shut it down for an oil change.
760sky 4 aylar önce
Not a bad idea using both systems.
Ryan Scodari
Ryan Scodari 3 aylar önce
Have you considered using automatic valves to dynamically adjust the flow?
HAYDER Al SALMAN 5 aylar önce
When I follow this video and this series, I remember all the steps and the beautiful history of following the series years ago until now
Land to House
Land to House 5 aylar önce
Thank you for watching. This project did have lots of steps to complete!
Jeffrey A. Smith
Jeffrey A. Smith Aylar önce
Does it have to be that long to build up water pressure? Say if you bought 4 acres of land with a reliable creek?
John Mishler
John Mishler Aylar önce
Have you planned out any gold from your system? The large rock that you had indicated destroying your system early on in your remarkable video, looks like quartz .
Diane Russell
Diane Russell 4 aylar önce
Super great video, thank you! I'm about to move to a farm with a stream that leads to a pond (off property) and was thinking hydro might be a good idea even though the farmhouse is quite a ways from the stream itself (though not as far as yours). I'm not an electrician or engineer so I'm curious why you needed to run all the piping through the forest to get to the hydro generator. Is it because of the electricity loss along the wire pipes, convenience, or something else? I'm asking because I'd love to run less piping to be less intrusive on the environment. I'd like to enjoy the stream without a ton of equipment. Lastly, do you need a permit to do this, or does it fall under a minimum kwh standard generally? I realize each state is different, but just a general response would be great. Thanks again; I subscribed and am going to look at some of your other how-tos once we get settled!
Diane Russell
Diane Russell 3 aylar önce
@kapytanhook Thank you!
kapytanhook 4 aylar önce
That is how you get head. The pipes let pressure build up. You can bury your pipes a few feet too. Flow * verical head decides your power so just a paddle wheel in a open river would only utilize a few ft of drop. While pipes can get hundreds of times better than that
Jack smith
Jack smith Aylar önce
John Clemont
John Clemont 5 aylar önce
Hi Seth, Great video on your journey. Happy to see the channel growth. You are looking well and still standing tall after all life's tribulations. Give the kids a hug and keep on keeping on brother. 😎
Steven Seagraves Jr.
Great video, Seth. Well done on the system, too.
Chasen Pilialoha
Chasen Pilialoha 5 aylar önce
Another TRvidr has a rotating cylinder water intake. Looks very effective and efficient
Land to House
Land to House 5 aylar önce
Yes I have seen that! Really cool. I want to replicate that.
Qapla !
Qapla ! 4 aylar önce
You might try using a "slip-fix" repair coupling at the barrel in place of that PVC you put it in case you need to take it apart. - The slip-fix might allow for the expansion and contraction without pulling the pipe out of the barrel
T Olsen
T Olsen 2 aylar önce
Really love the system! How do you feel about the output from your hydro system compared to your calculations? What are your thoughts on the cost of battery storage - is it worth the upfront investment? (How many Kwh do you have?)
T Olsen
T Olsen 2 aylar önce
@Land to House Ah thats not too bad! Many thanks for the feedback. Hmm yup LiFePO4 make a lot of sense, just such a large up front cost, if you work out the "total energy cost" over their lifetime. Fortunately I do have grid connection, and Im just using my green energy to heat up the hot water tank - which acts like a battery itself, but I keep thinking of scaling up more!
Land to House
Land to House 2 aylar önce
In the springtime my system does really well because it has plenty of water flowing. As the summer goes on and the rains stop the system slows down. Typically makes about 3K A-day whenever I have plenty of water. I just filmed a similar set up. a guy making 800 W continually. Starting with lithium iron phosphate batteries from the beginning is expensive but well worth.
pansabah 28 gün önce
Very well planned and concise on your explanation the whole setup. Well done and keep it up. 👋👋👍👍
Leto Idaho
Leto Idaho 18 gün önce
Love the look of your system. Very clean layout.
Daren Townsend
Daren Townsend 4 aylar önce
Heres a tip. You get the same pressure in water depth, whether its 50mtr under the sea. Or 50mtr to the bottom off a tube with water in. Increase the pressure increase in energy. You could increase you efficiency with a little change in the transport.
Khawja Farhan
Khawja Farhan 4 aylar önce
Great work and effort put so far to Build a micro hydro power on TRvid. Appreciate your work. Carry on good work.....
Evil1 4 aylar önce
Great job Seth, have really enjoyed ur series, u have dedicated a lot of time, money, effort, thoughts & labour to bring us these vids & appreciate ur efforts. You have built a fairly nice system there, many should appreciate. I was hoping for greater outputs, but 1-4kwh/day is certainly not to be sneezed at as supplemental power to ur PV solar. A few sever rack type batteries would be a great upgrade & makes it neater & easier to configure, I have 3 x 48v 5kw Seplos Suntorque batteries, they are ok, but do ur homework on BMS communications, etc, these get a bit too involved for the average Joe if you want to know what’s going on inside & configure better BMS settings. Another option I am currently playing with is 310A Lifepo4 Prismatic Cells coupled with a JK 200A BMS, a relatively simple DIY and robust with nice BT app, check out Andy’s Off Grid Garage Australia channel if ur interested in this type of batteries & solar tech, he is good. Cheers
High on a Hill
High on a Hill 4 aylar önce
I know you probably did this in stages and not all at once, but if you ever looking for a solution to simplify all of that and probably for a similar cost, you should look into the Outback radian series. It's a much better way to incorporate and inverter and grid tie /off grid capabilities
Don Browning
Don Browning 16 gün önce
Thanks, very helpful. I’m in Florida so hurricane outages require Supplemental power. Your descriptions are very educational.
MBPRO 5 aylar önce
Man, like you just said the electronic box is not perfect, but in my opinion it is soooo clean and organized.
Aus User
Aus User Aylar önce
Just a thought: two pieces of tubing welded not flying-v in front of the inlet (the tip of the v point up creek) but set above the flow of the creek should divert large debris/logs/rocks as a bumper and keep them away from the inlet. Put a flap over the top to protect thing from dropping onto the inlet from above
NY Outcast
NY Outcast Aylar önce
Looks pretty good. Don't like the price of the collection box and was shocked to see rusted screws on the turbine. 👍
Mina Milad
Mina Milad 21 gün önce
First, I am very happy that you do this successfully. I want to help you a bit. You are losing some energy because of the current arrangement because of the sand/air bubble barrel. The tank has an overflow and open to the atmosphere, which means all the head you had above it from the manifold at the wood box till the barrel is gone. It is better to keep the parrel next to the manifold at the top, then all the water head from the exit to the turbinelocation will be effective. Btw I am a hydraulic engineer. If you like, i can do some calculations to tell you how to optimize the system in the manar of hoses or pipe diameters, etc. I like to help free of charge
Jeff Kemper
Jeff Kemper Aylar önce
This system could be very useful with an ""Old style hydrauliic mining". They simply ran water off a mountain stream into a large wide open pipe about 2 foot wide. Which was reduced several times farther down the tube for extreme high pressures to focus a heavy duty stream about 3" in diameter. Just like a firehouse. Simple and easy to do .
Stan Macdonald
Stan Macdonald 4 aylar önce
Thankyou for a tour of your excellent system! How are your hydro and solar combined? Can you get full power from both the hydro and solar simultaneously? Are you using the grid as "storage" or are you just supplementing your household use?
goldridder 3 aylar önce
I remember watching this a couple years ago!! Very interesting. Looking forward to watching this!
VeggiePower303 4 aylar önce
Hey Bro. thanks for the very clear and no nonsense explanation. Very nice system you have. The only thing I would change is the batteries. I would use 6 Volt Trojan batteries. You can get 225 Amp/hours or 400 Amp/hours Trojans that would last over ten years. I had 14 of those in my RV years ago at 24 Volts system. I could go one week without charging them and they were not even new batteries. I bought them used from a battery store. Reconditioned them and they worked great for years. You know you can recondition Lead Acid batteries with Epsom Salt and extend their life by about 50%. So you don't need to buy new batteries if you are are short on cash. It is better to over size the battery system so you put less load on each battery. And you should use a Series/parallel configuration to keep all the batteries better balanced on voltage. Thanks for the great info here.
Patricia Faure
Patricia Faure Aylar önce
Well done Seth! Your perseverance has paid off. I find videos like this very informative and interesting - my first visit to your channel. I agree with the one gentleman's comment "stay safe" please. This may be a really dumb question, but do you need to have an earth leakage should lightning strike anything? Once again, well done!
Land to House
Land to House Aylar önce
Thanks for watching! I've just installed a surge protection device on the house and my solar panels. I need to complete that for hydro and also install my wire to the grounding rod.
John Johnson
John Johnson 4 aylar önce
I agree with Joe, the electrical engineer who gave you kudos on your installtion. I have worked in the electrical distribution industry. And I took note of the incident where a mouse are through one of the phase wire coming from the turbine. The mouse met its demise by providing a ground path for the compromised phase. A ground fault detector can be constructed from a small torodial transformer through which all three phase wires will run. Normally the net magnetic field will be zero and the transformer output will be zero. The loss of a phase will result in an output from the toroidal transformer. Some experimentation may be required.
Mike Pfeifer
Mike Pfeifer Aylar önce
Your setup is awesome! I live in flat desert outside Phoenix, AZ so I would never be able to have micro-hydro. It would really be neat though!
Bart du Plessis
Bart du Plessis 4 aylar önce
Question, wouldn’t your barrel for sediment and overflow act as a breaker box and neutralize the head pressure gained from above?
Land to House
Land to House Aylar önce
The air seporation and silt filter is worth the 6w loss to me.
DiscoReaper Aylar önce
Why not site the sediment barrel at the top collector location too and take advantage of the 6w bleed?
Gordon Livey
Gordon Livey Aylar önce
I agree,you are venting the head to the intake at the barrel. Plug the outlet pipe and seal the barrel very well, and you have the head right to the intake height. This will give more pressure at the turbine, so you can use a smaller nozzle, giving the same flow as before, but with a higher velocity, hence more power output.
Land to House
Land to House 4 aylar önce
There is around a 2 foot loss from the intake and barrel. This means around 6w of loss. Not much worth fighting over. The silt catchment and air removal is much more important
Thomas Green
Thomas Green 5 aylar önce
It's been so good watching your channel grow. You have shown all your battles and problems with all of us. Personal and as a business point of view( channel). Best thing about it is you take your time to do projects, not everyone has bottomless pockets like most channels on YT which are out of most peoples budgets. wish you nothing for the best in the future.
Brian Homan
Brian Homan 4 aylar önce
I like your micro hydro design. I am curious, what do you do when it is freezing out?
jason martindale
jason martindale Aylar önce
In the video, he says he doesn't use it in the winter, he is connected to the grid so he doesn't have interrupted power supply. I have zero experience about these systems and requirements, but being a guy, I love watching videos like this and day dream about off grid. With my zero experience, I would think that If you live in an area that freezes and want to have year round hydro, I would think your source would have to be an underground spring head instead of a running creek and you'd have to build an insulated collection box and insulated or buried pipes to the hydro generator. If this is the way, it sounds like a MASSIVE undertaking only for those with little or no other options. Looking forward to hearing from others with actual knowledge and experience about that.
Brian Rhodebeck
Brian Rhodebeck 15 gün önce
Love your Video but I wanna do the same thing If You use slanted valves around your turbine With smaller diameter pipe you might get better results Kind of like a vortex situation around your turbine Thank you
Jan Smit
Jan Smit 5 aylar önce
Nice installation, but a view remarks. 1) Many 90 degree angles in the water flow to the nozzles that slowdown the flow. Could be replaced by 2 45 degrees parts. 2) Replace one of the nozzles by an electronically driven one so the can open or close dependent on the water level in the barrel that combines the 3 pipes to 1 and removes air.
David Baldwin
David Baldwin 4 aylar önce
I'm no hydro power expert, but I do see some areas where change may help. I admire the effort, but 100 watts is a shop light bulb. I would like to evaluate how that number could go up.
Michael Gardner
Michael Gardner 14 gün önce
First, I want to say I like what I see, you did a great job putting all that together. Have you ever thought about adding a second barrel ahead of the first, this way you can use it as a catchment any debris. By adding this second barrel, it would mean you would only have to flush it once a year, say after the rainy season. Your Micro Hydro Turbine box, if it was me, I would get some PVC boards and plexiglass to make my turbine box with. Those items can be found at Lowes or Home Depot.
Bill Does Stuff
Bill Does Stuff Aylar önce
Nice setup, very nice. I think the design is excellent.
Bob Bob
Bob Bob 5 aylar önce
Would love to see you build the generator box & coanda box out of cement/bricks would be super durable & make for cool videos
Mark Atkinson
Mark Atkinson 9 gün önce
Electrician here, you've done a pretty impressive job! Couple of things for your safety, firstly, enclose your rectifier.. secondly, the cables you are using to connect to your domestic socket are known in the trade as a 'suicide lead' as the male plug is the source... you really should wire both of these through a permanent isolator as both the plug and socket could be considered 'live' (hot??) or a source.
Land to House
Land to House 9 gün önce
@Mark Atkinson I will need to make this update before the spring when I turn the hydro back on.
Mark Atkinson
Mark Atkinson 9 gün önce
@Land to House Nice choice of batteries! When I've used rectfiers like you are (in my case powering the DC bus of VFDs), I've mounted them in a vented box but on a heat sink protruding through the back for better cooling. Looking forward to the update!
Land to House
Land to House 9 gün önce
Thank you. Yes the rectifier does need to be enclosed inside of a well vented Box. It can get rather warm. The grid tie limiter inverter plugs are excited by grid power. When you remove them from the grid the entire inverter shuts off immediately. Just this afternoon I pulled those plugs to install a lithium iron phosphate battery And the inverters shut off within a 1/2 second.
Tony Hunt
Tony Hunt Aylar önce
I just saw this video. The soil that the box collects at your stream is likely to be incredibly rich soil, very good for home gardens. I would put a basket or reservoir in there to pull the dredge out and add it to your composting (assumes your spring water is potable.)
Land to House
Land to House Aylar önce
My neighbor actually has 4 ponds that capture this silt and he dredges with an excavator. I borrow the soil from him whenever he digs it out.
Sobrinhos do Tio Sam
Sobrinhos do Tio Sam 4 aylar önce
Looks awesome. Thanks for sharing
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Amazing stuff it's so nice to see nature's electric power going into homes etc....from me and Greta 🔋🔋🔋🔌🔌🔌🏞️☀️💵💵💵
Mohmud Kassam
Mohmud Kassam Aylar önce
I enjoyed watching this video. You’ve done very well, considering you’re not an electrician.
Brian Egeberg
Brian Egeberg 5 aylar önce
With new server rack batteries and a few more solar panels I would think you would be able to build the capacity to be off grid completely, I guess it depends how many batteries you buy at $1,750 a pop. Even 4 of the 5.12 kWh would double your 8 AGM batteries now and last 15 plus years..
Stephen McElroy
Stephen McElroy Aylar önce
Just a curiosity, would a vacume in the box around the turbine increase efficiency, in any measurable amount? Just a thought that occurred when the turbine slowed down as the box was opened and the wind hit it. Thanks in advance great job!
David Sanborn
David Sanborn 4 aylar önce
You need sensors and automation on your pinstock to detect water levels / pressure to regulate how much wattage can be created without fear of draining the pipes. Are you looking into that?
Shit Poster
Shit Poster 3 aylar önce
This may be more sophisticated or expensive than anything you would want to try, but if you could add a couple IBC totes at your buffer/filter tanks you could hypothetically be using them as batteries. If you knew you were going to be doing a chore that's electricity intensive you could open up your reservoir for a boost when you need it. I didn't catch what your flow rates are but a couple thousand gallons of storage may figure out to a kw or two and may prove to be almost as cost effective as batteries.
Matt 5 aylar önce
If you ever have to redo your barrel, you should look into making a radial flow settler
labraberting 4 aylar önce
Very clear info of your system! Thanks for sharing!
John Horner
John Horner 23 gün önce
I found this very interesting and educational. That said, it seems that the power output is rather meager for the materials used and time invested. I wonder how much energy is embedded in all of that plastic pipe and the other materials? You said that you don't use the system in the winter months, which to me seems to be the time when an alternative to solar power is most helpful. I'm also concerned about the long-term durability and maintainability of the system. A well designed and build solar + battery system should run for years at a time with almost no attention.
Thomas Copeland
Thomas Copeland 11 gün önce
I like your idea of building the separate electrical shed to reduce the chance of starting a fire in the house. Great video.
H - M
H - M 5 aylar önce
Very interesting and well presented.✅
Kyaw Myasein
Kyaw Myasein 18 gün önce
I have a question for you. to keep your pressure without using that much of elevation can you extend the tube length for creating spiral path. The water should stay under gravity for a lot longer to gain velocity for you to keep similar pressure without that much drop in elevation.
Björn S.
Björn S. 5 aylar önce
Great System. Have you considered adding motorised valves and a microcontroller to regulate the flow depending on the water pressure or barrel water level?
MoFreckles 2 aylar önce
@Land to House you can actually do it on the bottom by the turbine not the head end. They make various DC voltage powered valves. Would be able to control it based on output voltage to prevent over speed. Currently I use a dump load for mine so I don’t overspeed when load is low.
dogefort 5 aylar önce
@Land to House you could do this in a dumb way, if you got precise enough pressure measurement and don't mind losing a little bit of pressure on average but are able to max out available production. Do two or 3 barrels, different elevation, large, small, very small overflow top overflow open, lower ones sre closed until water level drop below the bucket above.. If you got enough flow to max out the entire system and still got water left over, great. If it's too little overflow, open overflow on second bucket, wait until water level dips, measure pressure change and adjust flow rate over nozzles according to new measurement, if it goes even lower, open overflow on lowest bucket, and adjust turbine house flow according to minimum water or below according to measured pressure. How much pressure drop would a system like that have to work across to be easily measured?
Land to House
Land to House 5 aylar önce
It would need to be based on pressure because the 1100 feet between the intake and pma would be too far for a wireless signal.
Paul Nixon
Paul Nixon Aylar önce
Just a thought - it's more efficient to transmit power over distance as DC rather than AC - how about rectifying it at the turbine and add a big capacitor to the + and - output of your 6 diodes so that you're sending power continuously as DC, at max voltage ⚡. 3# AC has peaks and troughs in its voltage over time, so not as efficient. In New Zealand we send power in a 25 kilometre long under water cable across Cook Strait as high voltage DC, for this very reason, between the big hydroelectric Dams in the Sth Island to the big cities in the North Island.
FlyingMonkey Aylar önce
Are you sure about that? AC is used for transmission lines unless the distance is hundreds of miles. That is when DC is used. Short distances like under a mile, AC would seem the better choice.
Sovereign Citizen LEO
Sovereign Citizen LEO 3 aylar önce
I'm no physicist but it seems to me that the cover on your hydroturbine should be much taller to minimize negative drag inducing air-pressure (air pressure which causes the turbine to have to work harder causing far more wear on the bearings and components and making the turbine less efficient/ less cooling internally). I would argue at least a 6 to 9 inch taller box would be a lot better. A round shaped (maybe PVC, ABS, or some kind of plastic) box a specific size larger than the turbine would be best, and reduce the height necessary above the turbine. I could be wrong, but when you removed the cover these observations seemed evident to me. That or put small holes in the box (with screens) in the holes, to allow for better airflow/ air intake (ideally something that wouldn't allow water/ rain in). Some kind of air intake/ air induction seems to me to be a likely improvement (especially absent a larger/ taller/ round turbine box), which would increase efficiency, longevity, and possibly even increase electricity production. The other thing I would recommend (though you've probably already considered this), is to cover the intake box/ assembly with a housing enclosure over it. Anyway, very cool setup and far beyond my engineering skills. I am a micro-electronics / computer/ IT guy. I'm currently trying to build a large scale whole house Solar/ Inverter system. And it's a lot more challenging than I anticipated it would be/ could be to get it the way I originally intended. And it's no where near completed.
ORIGINS DECODED 2 aylar önce
just put a bunch of epoxy all around to seal it. Not sure how toxic that would be tho for the environment. you can always use cement.
Show me the Gold
Show me the Gold 5 aylar önce
Hey Seth. Hope all is well. Have you considered fire suppression balls or fire suppression bombs for a lack of a better word. They are very nice to have and definitely gives me a peace of mind when it comes to my various farm and home automation products I design and build on my farm. They come with a bracket/ mount that you can attach right inside your electrical service box you built next to your house. They work off of extreme heat I believe and they smother the fire out fast. Great videos man. Thanks for all of the ideas you put out. Very helpful.
Michael Miceli
Michael Miceli 2 aylar önce
That cooling fan is starving for flow, drawing a vacuum against the lid, and unloading the fins, that is why it slows down when you open the lid of the turbine box... no cooling fan.
Show me the Gold
Show me the Gold 5 aylar önce
Another thing buddy.. I hope you have ran a few pans through that creek of yours. Lol.
EpicATrain 21 gün önce
I' really surprised you had the water flow into the barrel from the top. There's a video from practical engineering and if I remember right, the city sewer system uses the same technique but the water flows into the "barrel so to speak" from the bottom area from the side rather from the top.
shiva shiva
shiva shiva 4 aylar önce
Nice! What is the capacity off your batteries?
ASU-57 4 aylar önce
This Is Amazing! I'm Looking Foward Building Something Similar In Small At Home. Really Entertaining!
I like what you did brother!!! I would do something close to it... Inspiration.. 😉 ✌️ 💛
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