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Hydro Power, Water Pumps, Solar Hot Water Heating

Solar Conduit carries micro-hydro power turbines and accessories from HI-Power, Harris Hydroelectric, and ES&D. This section also covers Renewable Energy water pumps from Grundfos, SHURflo, SunPumps, and Flowlight, water heating and washing machines.

How much power can you generate with a hydroelectric turbine?

The amount of power available depends on the dynamic head, the amount of water flow and the efficiency of the turbine generator combination. To get an idea about available power in watts, multiply the head in feet, times flow in gallons per minute, times 0.18, times turbine efficiency. Turbine efficiency ranges from 35% to 70%, with higher efficiency at higher heads. To get a rough idea, use 0.40 (representing 40%) as a multiplier for efficiency. The Harris Pelton turbines are well suited to higher head and lower flow situations. Flow is limited by nozzle size (a maximum 1/2"). Harris turbines are now available with permanent magnet (PM) alternators providing up to 50% efficiency. Higher flows are accommodated by the ES&D Turgo Turbines. They can have nozzles of up to 1" diameter, and provide better efficiency at low heads.

 

The HI-Power Hydros are ideal for sites where water is available at long distances from power needs. They generate 100+ volts AC that is stepped down and rectified at the batteries. This allows the use of relatively small wire for a distance of up to 10,000 feet. Transmitting the power from the generator to the battery at twice the battery voltage allows you to use 1/4 of the wire size for the same power loss. At 4 times the battery voltage, you can use 1/16 of the wire size required to transmit power at the battery voltage. The HI-Power hydroelectric generator can also deliver up to 3600 watts where higher power is needed. The LV Hydroelectric Generator and the ES&D Water Baby are a good solution for very low flow situations where the head is high enough to make some power.

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SOLAR POWERED DC WATER PUMPING KIT - KSOL POWER
$795.00
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This kit comes installed as shown and will pump water for about 20 minutes run time a day. The kit in the photo is used to pump from a 55 gallon rain-barrel to a garden. Learn More
ECOINNOVATION POWERSPOUT BE TURBINE, 100 - 1200 WATT, 12 / 24 / 48 VOLT DC
$1,599.00
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Battery enabled micro-hydro turbine. Connected directly to a battery bank with a diversion load controller for system regulation. Learn More
ECOINNOVATION POWERSPOUT ME 100 TURBINE, 100 - 1200 WATT, 100 VOLT DC
$2,399.00
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Designed for inverters and MPPT regulators operating at less than 100 V DC (120 ELV *) or for the Latronic grid-tied inverters that are made in Australia. Learn More
ECOINNOVATION POWERSPOUT ME 120 TURBINE, 100 - 1200 WATT, 120 VOLT DC
$2,399.00
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Connected to a battery bank through a MPPT controller such as the Outback FM60. Designed for inverters and MPPT regulators operating at less than 120 V DC (120 ELV *). Learn More
ECOINNOVATION POWERSPOUT ME 140 TURBINE, 100 - 1200 WATT, 140 VOLT DC
$2,399.00
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Connected to a battery bank through a MPPT controller such as the Outback FM60. Designed for inverters and MPPT regulators operating at less than 140 V DC. Learn More
ECOINNOVATION POWERSPOUT ME 250 TURBINE, 100 - 1200 WATT, 250 VOLT DC
$2,399.00
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Connected to a battery bank through a MPPT controller such as the Midnite Classic 250. Designed for inverters and MPPT regulators operating at less than 250 V DC. Learn More
ECOINNOVATION POWERSPOUT GE 400 TURBINE, 250 - 1200 WATT, 350 VOLT DC
$2,399.00
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Connected to a grid tied inverter to feed power into the national grid or for use in mini grids via Sunny Island type inverters. Designed for inverters operating at less than 400 V DC. Learn More
ECOINNOVATION POWERSPOUT EE TURBINE, 10 - 20 WATT, 12 VOLT DC
$1,299.00
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Educational turbine, only available to education providers. Learn More
SOLAR HOT WATER SYSTEM - OPEN LOOP, 1-4 PEOPLE, 30 SQUARE FOOT COLLECTOR, FOR NON-FREEZE CLIMATES, NO TANK, SKYLINE 3
$2,935.00
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The "Skyline3" system is designed for areas with climates that have very little to NO freeze at all. These systems are designed to last for 20-30 years. NOTE: If your climate history includes any freezing conditions within the past 20 years, we recommend getting the "Skyline5" system. Learn More
SOLAR HOT WATER SYSTEM - OPEN LOOP, 3-5 PEOPLE, 40 SQUARE FOOT COLLECTOR, FOR NON-FREEZE CLIMATES, 80 GAL. TANK, SKYLINE 3
$4,329.00
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The "Skyline3" system is designed for areas with climates that have very little to NO freeze at all. These systems are designed to last for 20-30 years. NOTE: If your climate history includes any freezing conditions within the past 20 years, we recommend getting the "Skyline5" system. Learn More

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