Hydro-Electric Barrel Design Uses Moving Water to Generate Energy

by , 06/21/11

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A new design for a hydroelectric generator could cheaply light up off-grid areas. The Hydro-Electric Barrel is a spinning water wheel that floats on the water surface and turns in the current. The spinning motion drives permanent magnet generators inside. It could generate enough power to light banks of LEDs and light up bridges, buoys, or even charge mobile devices in off-grid areas and developing countries. And, because it sits on the surface, it doesn’t disrupt the environment as much as other hydro-power technologies.


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  1. ChelseyF August 23, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Is this doable by a very handy husband?

  2. shabbir August 2, 2011 at 2:31 am

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  3. caeman June 23, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Neat idea. Could it be placed vertically and placed underwater out of sight and gain the benefit of the undercurrent which is usually stronger than the surface? With the design of that barrel, placed vertically, the water could flow in any direction and still turn it.

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