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Micro hydro on campus at Evergreen

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Micro hydro on campus at Evergreen

  1. 1. MINI-HYDRO. GOING WITH THE FLOWAndrew Gonzales, Candace Kaiser, Andrew Cannard
  2. 2. RAIN RUNOFF DOES PRODUCE ENERGY… A significant amount of water can be collected and used for alternative use.  King Street Center:  44,000 ft.^2 roof  37 inches annual rainfall  1.4 million gallons collected annually[1] Micro Hydro systems are becoming increasingly common in small developing communities. Most systems are run by streams or other natural water flow systems.Questions about rain water runoff: Is there enough runoff water to produce energy? Can we make a low cost turbine with re-purposed materials? Will this homemade turbine produce any energy?
  3. 3. CAN WE COLLECT ENOUGH RUNOFF WATER TOPRODUCE ENERGY?H1-Yes, there will be enough water to produce a useable amount of energy.H2-Yes, energy will be produced but not muchNull Hypotheses- No, there will not be enough water to produce energy
  4. 4. CAN WE MAKE A LOW COST MINI-HYDROSYSTEM WITH RE-PURPOSED MATERIALS? H1-Yes, we can build a system with only re- purposed materials. H2-Yes, we can build a system but not solely with re-purposed materials Null Hypothesis-No, we cannot build a functional system with re-purposed material http://www.thestonestore.com
  5. 5. WILL THIS HOMEMADE TURBINE PRODUCE ANYENERGY? H1- Yes, but homebuilt not as efficient as professional H2- Yes, but homebuilt is extremely inefficient Null Hypothesis- No, so inefficient that it will not produce energy http://www.doradovista.com/DVPower2.html
  6. 6. HOW CAN WE TEST OUR HYPOTHESES? Calculate ideal energy production from a given water source (roof top). Compare prices of commercially available turbines with our homebuilt turbine. Measure energy production with our homebuilt turbine measured with a multi-meter. Compare values from calculations and measurements.http://www.renewcanada.com http://www.renewablesfirst.co.uk
  7. 7. BUDGET Repurposed and Recyclable Materials  Old bicycle for water wheel- cheap on craigslist  Used automotive alternator- $25  Miscellaneous household items for water wheel-$50  Copper wire- $5 Lab Stores  Free for rent or low cost  Multi meter  Water flow meter Ingenuity  Manipulating materials in an effective way to make them have a new purpose
  8. 8. BENEFITS OFMICRO HYDRO Uses an abundant natural resource in our area to produce energy. Micro hydro systems using rain water runoff from buildings will have no environmental impact on natural habitats. http://www.dropyourenergybill.com/archives/1546
  9. 9. OUTCOME Our goal is to create a micro hydro turbine which can be used to demonstrate the possibilities of micro hydro energy on campus.
  10. 10. OUTREACH AND EDUCATION Stepping Stones  First step to utilizing the abundant natural resource of rain in our local community Design for Others  Replicable design for creating multiple units Mobility  Easy to use by other Evergreen Students in the Future Inspiration  Future Projects  Discovery of low-cost renewable electricity
  11. 11. CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY GOALS Promoting Education and Research for the Future  Laying the groundwork  Future students would have a resource as to the effectiveness of on campus micro-hydro 100% of Electricity at evergreen is BOUGHT from renewable energy sources  Micro hydro could increase renewable energy production on campus  More money for other areas of the Climate Action Plan
  12. 12. BIBLIOGRAPHY 1.Haidar, A.M.A., Senan, M.F.M., Noman, A. &Radman, T. Utilization of pico hydro generation in domestic and commercial loads. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews16, 518-524 (2012). Heather Kinkade-Levario and ebrary, Inc, Design for Water Rainwater Harvesting, Stormwater Catchment, and Alternate Water Reuse (Gabriola Island, B.C.  [Lancaster: New Society  Gazelle : ; Drake Academic, distributor], 2007).Page 17 http://media.onsugar.com/files/2011/01/01/5/89/898472/c6ad4c6e7afa83f7_digital_mul timeter.jpg
  13. 13. Thank You

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