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Old 08-24-09, 11:04 AM   #3
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Default River power

There is no option to raise the head of the river water. I will look into the 'farm electricity' as suggested soon. BuildItSolar is one of my favorite sites but has little that applies to my situation.
I live beside a navigable river that flows thru flat countryside here. I'm thinking that a floating platform with an undershot waterwheel could harness some of the unstoppable mass of water that passes by. It seems that a broad 6' to 8' wide wheel with similar diameter dipping about 2' into the flow would give plenty of torque. Gearing could be stepped as needed to match the generator.
I would like to do the math before the building so help with that is needed. Just references to sources or formulas would be fine.
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