Canyon Hydro has developed this Guide
to Hydropower to help you gain a basic understanding of how
"home power" micro-hydro systems work, and what goes into the
design. We’ve tried to keep the content objective and
hype-free, so you won’t see information about specific Canyon
(But we do hope you keep us in mind when you’re ready to build
your hydro system.)
If you’re just starting out, we think you
will find this information extremely helpful. If you’re
already a senior hydro engineer, you may be more interested in
Canyon’s Utility/IPP Systems.
We’ve divided our Guide to Hydropower
into three major sections:
- Hydro Systems Overview,
a discussion of how hydro power works, and a look at the
major components that make up a hydro system.
- Planning Your Own Hydro System,
including how to measure Head and Flow, adjusting for
pipeline losses, and computing power output.
- Evaluating Turbine Systems and
Suppliers, including tips for evaluating quality,
reliability and customer service.
You won’t learn everything you need to
know to design your own system, but our engineers will be happy
to help you when you’re ready. All we ask is that you have
accurate measurements of your Head and Flow, and we’ll take it
from there. This Guide will show you how.
I hope you find this information useful.
If you have comments or suggestions about the content within
this Guide, please let us know at
Daniel A. New