Micro Hydro with Artesian Well?

strawbossNovember 12, 2011

Just had a well dug on the property I'm moving to and turns out I have 25-30 gpm artesian flow! The property is flat as a pancake but I'm wondering if it would be possible to utilize this great resource for power generation somehow? Anyone with knowledge of how it would work or the right place to find good info? Much appreciated.


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This is not a very active forum so you might want to find a board that is dedicated specifically to renewable or even hydro. My SOTP feeling is that you don't have nearly enough power there to make it worthwhile. In addition to that, you will be wasting a lot of good ground water which may not be so renewable depending on your location. I would think you would want to cap it off and enjoy not having to pump your water from depth.

    Bookmark   November 14, 2011 at 7:00PM
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Sorry strawboss, I like your thinking, but you would need a lot of elevation drop(head)to make any power.

    Bookmark   November 28, 2011 at 11:59AM
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grinding mills have very little elevation drop and do lots of work...200lbs are available here..a technician sharp with this type of surface water could get creative and do something..maybe generate some power??

    Bookmark   November 28, 2011 at 3:34PM
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Grinding action can be slow. Electricity generation requires fast speeds at small scale. You could surely generate some but not enough to be worth it.

    Bookmark   November 29, 2011 at 9:09PM
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Thanks, everyone. Yes, Ionized, the well is capped off and I'm very grateful I don't need a pressure tank and can flow it directly into my house. Thought it was worth thinking about. I could possibly use the artesian flow to get it up into a cool tank like the one on Petticoat Junction and then I could get enough head. Will keep thinking.

    Bookmark   December 9, 2011 at 1:53AM
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