Micro Hydro Rotor
The Micro Hydro Rotor is a small hydro power plant designed to use river currents to generate electricity.
Product aims to have global impact but specifically regions with access to rivers like Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, East Africa and East Asia.
Mobile Hydro is creating an online Do-It-Yourself manual. Additionally, Mobile Hydro is also developing an affordable pre-fabricated construction kit that includes important parts like tire tube, blade profiles, canvas cover and a specific generator.
Product is in the prototyping stage.
Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
Off-grid or under-supplied rural locations.
Projected to be produced in mass production and individual production, however the blue prints have been open-sourced for replication. The designers take into consideration a low cost concept production system were materials should be repairable, durable and easy to transport. An easy technique is proposed were just essential procedures are required: metal welding/soldering/riveting, wood screwing/gluing, and hose repair with bicycle accessories.
Product is still in prototyping stage but users can contact Mobile Hydro for open source information to build a personal hydro turbine.
The Mobile Hydro Rotor is still in a prototyping stage.
The output voltage (in terms of alternating current)
The minimum power output of the system
The maximum power output of the system
The output frequency of the generator in Hz
The minimum required head (in meters) to generate power
The minimum required flow rate (in L/s) to generate power
How many nozzles are in the system
The weight of the system
Whether the product is single or 3-phase
The Mobile Hydro Rotor is a small kinetic hydro power plant designed to be low cost, using recycling materials and standard components. Further, its designed for user friendly plug and play installation on site. It has a floating, kinetic, vertical axis, pico turbine for economic performance at even low flow velocities.
The product is designed such that users can access a manual and build it themselves using locally available parts. Additionally, Mobile Hydro plans to provide kits with essential parts.
Some specifications of the rotor include a diameter: 1.40 m, a height of 1 m, and an H-Darrieus rotor.
Provided by Mobile Hydro.
Replacement components are available.
Parts are already recycled, and thus no warranty is offered.
The turbine is designed to provide 1 Watt of power at river flow rate of 0.3m/s up to 703 Watts at 2.5m/s. Product is expected to produce 100-500W on average.
Testing performed by Mobile Hydro at an academic institution.
The turbine must not be placed in water bodies that people frequent.
An energy storage system could work in conjunction with the turbine.
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The product is still in a prototyping stage.
Testing was conducted at the TUM Hydromechanics Lab for different blade shape forms and flow velocities and a prototype’s performance at the river Loisach.
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