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Design of Microhydro or Small-Scale Hydroelectric Systems

Jeffrey Havelin, PE

This one hour online course will explain the basic system components and site requirements for microhydro electric systems.

The vast majority of the hydropower produced in the United States comes from large-scale projects that generate more than 30 megawatts (MW)—enough electricity to power nearly 30,000 households.

Small-scale hydropower systems are those that generate between .01 to 30 MW of electricity. Hydropower systems that generate up to 100 kilowatts (kW) of electricity are often called microhydro systems. Most of the systems used by home and small business owners would qualify as microhydro systems. In fact, a 10 kW system generally can provide enough power for a large home, a small resort, or a hobby farm.

This course is based entirely on Small Hydropower Systems- Publication DOE/GO-102001-1173 FS217 July 2001 - Published by the U.S. Department of Energy. This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials. You will be quizzed on the attached document in its entirety.

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