Micro Hydro Green Engergy

Green energy, is fast becoming the must have, especially in New Zealand where we love our clean green image.  Micro Hydro, renewable energy is one way New Zealanders are using to get that effect.  Micro Hydro as the name suggests uses water to produce power.  This is ideal for people who live near a water source. 


It is also used in third world countries as a way to get energy.  It is used normally in conjunction with a normal energy company but the company generally “subsidises” the output from the micro hydro.  Maintenance is minimal and easily done.  There are many options to go along with micro hydro, you can store the excess energy, you can invert the energy or even in some cases sell the energy back to the company grid.

How does a micro hydro generally work? First water is diverted from the source along a channel and dropped into a cross flow turbine, the rotating mechanical power is converted into electricity.  Power is then fed into the electrical grid and the water directed back to the source.  Micro hydro is an electricity generator which uses a turbine and generator to convert waters kinetic energy to electricity.  Water needs to flow from a specific height with enough quantity to drive a turbine.  This turbine produces kinetic energy. Which produces power.

Many people are starting to want to live “off the grid” or have their power bills reduced and Micro-Hydro is a very popular choice since New Zealand is an island and water sources common.  There are generally three sizes of micro-hydro, up to 5kW, between 5kW and 20kW and 20kW and 10MW.  For a domestic one expect to pay between $10,000 to $15,000.  There is some maintenance involved in keeping the system running, the water way needs to be free of leaf litter and other debris and the equipment also needs maintenance.  You need to check if you will need a consent to build one, this is especially if you need to build a dam or the like.

So as we have seen New Zealand is an ideal country for the option of a micro-hydro system so why not check out if it is possible for you.

Have You Considered A Micro Hydro System?

Micro_hydro_power_systemIf you are looking for ways to save on power, a commonly overlooked type of power generation should be on your list of considerations. Micro hydro.


Micro hydro systems are not as common as PV solar but can be excellent power generation systems, especially when coupled with a PV solar installation. The benefit of the micro hydro system is that it uses the force of flowing water to produce power. Flowing water is in abundance in winter, just when sunlight is at it’s least, making a micro hydro system a perfect compliment to a PV installation to ensure that you have power all year round.


Smaller micro hydro systems don’t generally require water storage such as a dam or weir. This makes them good for private properties such as small farms and rural houses. This also means that they have much less impact on the environment than large scale hydro systems.


If you are interested in a micro hydro system, visit our micro hydro page for more information.


How Does Micro Hydro Make Power For Your Home?

One system used to make power in solar systems is micro hydro. What is micro hydro exactly? Micro Hyrdro is a type of hydro electric power that uses a natural flow of water to produce electricity. It is an excellent source of power especially in the rainy seasons.



So how does it work? Micro Hydro produces power by using the natural flow of water. A system is built to direct the flow of water to a turbine. The water flows through the turbine, which turns the flow of the water into mechanical energy. The water then flowers back to it's natural course. This system is typically useful in an isolated area and can power a single home or a small town. It is also the perfect complement to a solar panel system as the water flow is highest in the months where the sun is out the least.

If this sounds like a system which could benefit your home and work well with your solar system, get in touch with us today. We can help to design a micro hydro system for your home so that you can reap the benefits of not only the sun but the flow of water as well!

Micro Hydro And How It Works With Your Solar System.

Firstly, what is micro hydro? Micro hydro is a power generation system which ustilizes flowing water to produce electricity. These types of systems can typically produce up to 100kW of electricity by using the natural flow of water. These systems need to be designed and built site-specific.

How does it work with your solar power system? The system utilizes a turbine which is turned by the flowing water to create electricity, a similar theory to the wind turbine. These systems are generally built to work in conjunction with a solar panel system. They can work on either grid connected or off the grid systems. The main benefit of these systems is the theory that they will produce the most electricity when the water level is highest which is usually the time when solar energy is least available, therefore providing consistent power all year round. These systems will produce enough power to run a home or a small business.

If you are considering a micro hydro system to benefit your solar electric system, get in contact with us. We can design and build a micro hyrdro system which will work for you and provide the power you are need.