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Bucket-borne hydroelectric generator
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From the MAKE Flickr photo pool:

Pico Hydroelectric Generator in 5 gallon bucket developed by Sam Redfield and tested at La Florida in Guatemala. The generator is meant to be a very small, cheap, low impact generator designed to be used with existing gravity fed irrigation, fresh water, or waste water systems.

24 thoughts on “Bucket-borne hydroelectric generator

  1. Is there a web page with more info on this project? Are the coils implemented with wirewound resistors? clever! :)

  2. The folks who did are http://www.aidg.org. Couldn’t find much in the way of tech specifics poking around their site (which doesn’t mean it’s not there).

    There are more pics in their Flickr stream.

  3. Slick design, but you can only get so much energy out of low head-pressure and low mass-flow hydro — I’d love to see the numbers.

  4. I’ve been trying to get to aidg.org’s website, with not much success. “this account has been suspended.” Doesn’t always mean it has been, but…

    Hope this comes back.

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