Thursday, December 21, 2006

Hmmm...


This river runs way in the back of my son's property. Seems like a person should be able to throw a spinner in there and get electricity. I know, the only way we make hydroelectric power is with a big dam and verticle spinners! I just can't get this picture out of my head of a small, floating platform with spinners on the bottom, tethered to the bank of the stream.

7 Comments:

Blogger The Fat Lady Sings said...

Wow. Super picture, my dear. You live in a very beautiful area. I really love the way those branches have grown. They look like gnarled arms reaching out over the water.

1:00 AM, December 22, 2006  
Blogger Missouri Mule said...

Don't let that picture fade. You may well need it in the not so distant future.

8:22 AM, December 22, 2006  
Blogger roger said...

i pictured such an arrangement in the klamath river when i lived close to it.

9:15 PM, December 24, 2006  
Blogger DivaJood said...

Happy Holidays, and Peace on Earth. Your photos are amazing!

1:36 PM, December 25, 2006  
Blogger Frederick said...

Here you are:

Overview of Micro Hydro Power Systems

12:25 AM, December 27, 2006  
Blogger SB Gypsy said...

Hey TFLS, I just love the gnarly branches, they make great pics.

Hey MM, I thought there must be something wrong with the concept, since I've never seen it done.

Hey Roger - OM Gosh, you thought of that one too... it must not be so off the wall!

Hey Divajood, hope your Christmas was wonderful, and hope your New Year brings you joy and peace.

Oh, Frederick! Thanks for the link - everything you need to know about low power hydro systems! My question was answered:

Although traditional waterwheels of various types have been used for centuries, they aren't usually suitable for generating electricity: They are heavy, large and turn at low speeds. They require complex gearing to reach speeds to run an electric generator. They also have icing problems in cold climates.


So, what I need is a small, light, fast turning water wheel that resists icing, and is tough enough to shrug off debris.

Hmm, teflon coated...

12:23 PM, December 27, 2006  
Blogger oldwhitelady said...

That's a beautiful picture. I like the idea of harnessing the river's energy for electricity with that platform of spinners.

11:18 PM, December 27, 2006  

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