Category Archive for: ‘Micro Hydro Energy – issues & information’

  • Off Grid Home

    Off-grid vs. Being Energy Neutral by Net Metering

    We still run into people who have a hard time understanding net metering, even though everyone seems to understand…

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  • Comparison

    FIT pricing.

    Jurisdictions in the United States, and the United Kingdom have higher Feed in Tariff rates than Ontario in spite of arguably having less risky and less costly regulatory environments. The conclusion is that Ontario rates must go up to match the more risky and more costly regulatory environment in Ontario or …

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  • Population

    Population

    Many of our problems are simply because we’ve got too many people on the planet now. If we had only 3.5 billion people on the planet instead of…

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  • Market

    False Markets.

    Comments by many who argue that Feed in Tariff programs just create “false or fake markets” and “that In a free and democratic country, a commodity’s price should be determined by the marketplace and subject to the laws of supply and demand” are based on the assumption of perfect markets. Therefore, they argue that feed in tariff programs are just unfair subsidies to certain producers that the expense of consumers. The problem is that the “marketplace” is anything but perfect…

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  • Fishpassage

    Fish Passage.

    Our installations allow downstream fish passage and is proven safe. Upstream fish passage requires an extra installation of a fish ladder/ passage. To “require” upstream fish passage installation or otherwise deny installation of micro waterpower is counterproductive…

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  • Hydro

    The Ontario regulatory environment for waterpower.

    The regulatory environment in Ontario is such that it increases the risk of development and significantly adds to total costs and these costs are higher than in other jurisdictions globally. This statement is based on our attempts over the last several years to get 30 waterpower sites ready for the next FIT application window in Ontario…

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  • Turbinetypes

    Types of Turbines

    Turbines are also divided by their principle of operation and can be: An Impulse turbine, which is driven by a high-velocity jet (or multiple jets) of water. A Reaction turbine. The rotor of a reaction turbine is fully immersed in water and is enclosed in …

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  • Graph Flowduration

    Flow Duration Curve

    There are two ways of expressing the variation in river flow over the year: the annual hydrograph and the Flow Duration Curve or FDC, as illustrated below. The annual hydrograph is the easiest to understand, since it simply shows the day-by-day variation in flow over …

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  • Measuringflow

    Measuring flow at a water site

    There are various ways of measuring flow at your hydro site as of a certain point in time. Flow also varies at any site usually, therefore a flow measurement should also be accompanied by the date it was taken and if possible how long it’s …

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  • Icon Crowd

    Unsustainable population growth: the great issue at the heart of every problem.

    It’s surprising that population size domestically and globally doesn’t get more press and discussion

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