Saturday, October 6, 2012

Causes of Failure

The main reasons for lack of success with small water power developments are:

1.      Failure to realize how important full field data is for proper design.

2.      Failure of homemade equipment made with junked parts.

3.      Over-estimating the amount and constancy of the stream flow.

4.      Penstocks or flumes that are too small to allow the plant to operate at full capacity.

5.      Failure to anticipate the expense of keeping trash racks clear and machinery in good repair.

6.      Failure to design and plan for winter ice buildup.

7.      Overestimation of a proposed plant’s capability. The average home has demand peaks varying from 4 to 12 kilowatts.

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