Installing a solar PV system is easy, just plug it in and it does the rest.
Designing and installing a hydro system is a bit more complex and initially requires a lot of data to decide if the site is going to be viable both from an economic and environmental perspective.
Many people who come to us start by asking "How much water do I need?”.
Hydro design always starts with "How much water have you got?”, and how much height is there between the point where you will take it out of the water course and the point where you will return it. This data together with the distance between the two points enables us to calculate what might be possible.
Very few water courses have the same amount of water in them all year round. Many might be full in Winter but are almost dry in Summer. as a result, many Pico hydro schemes only run for 4 - 6 months of the year, typically October to March. During this time they can make a very substantial contribution to the energy demand of a property when the load is highest as a result of short days and long cold nights. Many location additionally have solar panels as well as hydro to meet their electricity demand during summer months.
Environmental restrictions may specify that a certain volume of water cannot be removed from the water course and must be allowed to flow down the depleted reach (the distance between abstraction and return) to protect the existing habitat. This is typically referred to the "hands off flow"
When all this is known the turbine and its pipes and screens can be designed specifically for that location.
If you have a possible site then we can start with a free "desk top” Initial Viability Study which uses both the data you supply plus the various software and mapping systems we have to come up with a response which might be somewhere between "definitely interesting, or no chance”
This will enable you to decide if you wish to proceed further or drop the idea without spending any more time or money.
Please download our Initial Viability Questionnaire and fill it in as fully as possible before either scanning it and emailing it to us or sending it by surface post. We will use the information you have provided and the data we have to indicate if your proposal will be viable, or not.