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Posted by Tim Szilagyi, Thursday, January 24, 2019 on product Scott Hydro 1500W Water Turbine Kit

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I have a large pond/small lake with a dam at the outlet. It is a spring fed lake with continual flow over the dam year round. The only issue is I will only be able to gain about 12feet of head. The volume of water flow is plenty and constant. Can I still utilize this product to create 120v AC to power a year round cottage?

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  • Posted by System Administrator on Thursday, January 24, 2019

    Scott HydroElectric's own website cites a minimum of 15 feet of head (with 25ft minimum recommended), but also suggests an alternate minimum measure of 9 psi water pressure at the turbine inlet. However, their calculation for converting feet of head to PSI says 15ft only results in 6.51 psi, so their own recommendations are mixed.

    Here is a link to download the manufacturer's site evaluation instructions. You may be able to determine whether or not your site will work by following this pdf: Hydro Turbine Site Evaluation Guide. In the meantime, I will also contact them and see if I can gain some clarity on their recommendations.

  • Posted by System Administrator on Thursday, January 24, 2019

    Tim,
    I heard back from Scott Hydro, and they don't recommend using their turbine with only 12 feet of head.

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