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Has anyone on the board ever built a waterwheel for power generation?

I would like to build a waterwheel that runs on top of the water and use it for power generation. I was thinking it would have to float at the most efficient level, maybe use Styrofoam or something for floats. I would also make the floats direct the water towards the wheel. Anyone ever tried this?

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I can't find the story I read to post the link, but I read about a man who did this on his property where he a a small river/creek. The Government (DNR or similar enforcement agency) came in and destroyed the system he built and told him he had to get permits and environmental studies done before he could rebuild anything using the river.

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At our Solar Fair a few years ago a vendor had a floating

generator, all inclusive, that I think was to be anchored to the banks of the stream. I don't remember the brand name.

That would be close but, I think only the wheel should float

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It was like a little boat to float in a stream

with the propeller in the middle, turned by the current of the stream.

More info?

Are you on a creek, mountainside stream, lake what?
I've looked into it, it gets complicated, but depending on the amount of power you are looking to generate, you might be happy with a bicycle powered generator that converts your bike to a stationary generator, forget the name, but it clips to the axle and the tire spins the generator.
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I think this is pretty cool... a little long, but good information

A creek

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Yep, thats very close. Thank you for the link.

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Just a flux capacitor. But I imagine a water wheel would be pretty easy. You'll be needing a generator (dynamo) to convert the mechanical energy into electrical energy (unless you'll be using the belt transmission system used back in the day). And then something to convert DC to AC.

A conventional motor, IIRC, can be rewired to become a generator. I'd bet the Whole Earth Catalog or some such thing could give you the necessary destructions.

As a matter of fact if I were looking for a piece of property I would be looking for one with a year round stream with a least a few feet of elevation change just for this reason. And for the water source, of course.

Good luck!

Drop is important

but I hope to compensate with the directional floats.

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