This course will explain the basic system components and site requirements for microhydro electric systems.
The vast majority of the hydropower produced in the United States comes from large-scale projects that generate more than 30 megawatts (MW)—enough electricity to power nearly 30,000 households.
Small-scale hydropower systems are those that generate between 0.01 MW to 30 MW of electricity. Hydropower systems that generate less than 100 kilowatts (kW) (0.1MW) of electricity are often called microhydro systems. Most of the systems used by home and small business owners would qualify as microhydro systems. In fact, a 10 kW (0.01 MW) system generally can provide enough power for a large home, a small resort, or a hobby farm.
The student must take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of ten (10) questions at the end of this course to obtain PDH credits.
Specific Knowledge or Skill Obtained
This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:
- Run-of-the-river systems
- Determination of flow
- Determination of head
- Estimating Power Output
- Reverse use of a pump as a turbine
- Types of turbines
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