Micro hydro Power System Feasibility studies

If you think you have a potential hydropower site you need to quickly find out the facts. It’s important to use a hydro consultancy company that really understands the subject. Any company that offers feasibility advice should be able to back that up with a proven track record of designing and constructing hydropower systems.

We have been providing hydro consultancy, design and installation services for almost ten years, and in that time has worked throughout the UK on a diverse range of sites including low, medium and high head, run-of-river, storage and effluent discharge flows and just about every possible turbine type and electrical system. We are able to draw on this core knowledge and experience to quickly establish if a site has potential for development, and if so what type of system would be most appropriate and what the project finances would look like.

The aim of a feasibility study is to establish if a site is suitable for a micro-hydro development.

Following an initial telephone consultation to ensure all the basic elements are in place, e.g. head and flow, we would visit site to undertake a full site survey.

A feasibility study is split into two parts.

Part 1 – Site visit and survey

This involves a full day’s on-site investigation by an experienced member of Hydro Generation’s engineering team.
1.‘Walk the site’ to understand the existing site layout.
2.Take accurate measurement of all relevant levels across site.
3.Review all existing hydropower infrastructure.
4.Make detailed photographic record of all relevant features.
5.Identify most suitable grid connection point.
6.Discussion with client on site potential and options for development (if required).

If following the site visit you decide not to proceed to Part 2 of the study no further costs for Part 2 of the project will be incurred.

Part 2 – Data processing and production of final report

Using all the information gathered from the site survey and additional information from the Environment Agency we will produce a full feasibility report on your site’s suitability for a micro-hydro installation.
1.Use long-term flow data (if available) and/or LowFlows hydrological modelling software to produce an estimated flow duration curve for the site.
2.Specify most appropriate turbine type and size.
3.Discuss most suitable location for the hydro system.
4.Outline civil engineering works required.
5.Specify transmission and generator type.
6.Specify method of grid connection.
7.Calculate expected power output, annual energy production and value of electricity produced.
8.Estimate total project cost, broken down into stages and individual pieces of hardware.
9.Define all stages of the project and likely timescales
10.Identify potential sources of funding.

Arranging a Feasibility Study

If you would like to discuss the options for a micro-hydro system at your property then please read the Estimating Head and Flow Guide and then submit your site details contact us now.

• some of the updates:

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Update on the news of recent order and installation: July 14, 2011

Jan 5, 2013, 3kw turbine orders from Swizerland.
Jan 9 ,2013 0.75 kw type turbine orders from Malaysia.

For more of the orders from different countries, please contact us to know more.

We sent Micro Hydro Turbines to Malaysia in June, 2011. already finished the installation.
Uodate on July 14, 2011.
We sent hydro tubines order to Philiphine in May ,2012.
We sent hydro turbines to South Africa in June ,2012.
We sent Hydro turbines to Romania, Norway in July ,2012.
We are producing hydro tubines for client of Zimbabwe in July, 2012.
July 24, 2012.

Please visit our other Hydro web pages for further information on estimating your potential, feasibility studies, abstraction licensing, system design and installation. maintenance.