DIY Hydroelectric Generator for Beginners

DIY hydroelectric generator – To be very clear, many of us take electricity for granted simply because it is a life supply that you have every single day. You might not need lights in the daylight but turns out that light is just one aspect of what electricity can give to you. Owning an industry and relying 100 percent to the electricity to get the machine working will be another story that you will think how to get the supply from less polluted sources and that can result you big power to supply your industry needs. This time we will learn a little bit about what we have known well as hydroelectric as also small simple steps to build DIY hydroelectric generator.

Are You Interested In Doing DIY Hydroelectric Generator ?

DIY hydroelectric generator

The benefits you the most about learning on how to build the hydroelectric generator is that you do not need any experience beforehand or specific skill in engineering not technical background to build the DIY hydroelectric generator. You can learn it simply by watching YouTube video and surely reading this article! Now how does it work? As you can guess from the name hydroelectric or hydropower is a power you gain by harnessing the water. When the water is flowing from the higher level to the lowest level, it got in contact with the turbine which then connected to the shaft heading up towards the generator. This generator has a function to convert the kinetic energy from flowing water into the mechanical energy and then electrical energy which we use to power up a lot of equipments at home. In the later usage when your consumption of power is not so much, the turbine will pump the water back up and back on normal when the need increases again. Now you see the benefits we get simply from using the hydropower. Knowing that planet earth is consist of mostly water and we can generate them, makes a great sense that we can build our own free energy source that will not last.

Some advantages you can gain from using the hydropower and in this case by creating your own DIY hydroelectric generator are as followed. First, you harvest the energy from non polluted sources and it is all natural and gives no bad impact to the society. Secondly, the water from the turbine that has been used to power up the electricity saving can actually be used to do irrigation or other things for mass purposes. Thirdly, when you have your own generator for your daily needs, it is really handy to just turn off the generator when we don’t need it. Imagine you are in a two weeks holiday to Tropical Island where you don’t need your house to be heated, fully lit and all; you can just turn off the generator. Saving energy? Sure!

How we will learn on how to make the DIY hydroelectric generator. Once you are capable of building one generator, it is not difficult to multiply it for your green energy sources. First step is you need to make a rotor, prepare the stator, building the shaft and making the turbine to work; the last will be completing the house and completing the whole assembly so the generator could work. We will do that step by step here.

  • Building the stator

Starting the DIY hydroelectric generator steps, you can build the stator by using the 3cm x 16cm piece of cardboard to be used as the jig to make the coil winding; 4cm of 8 short electrical ribbon strips; and then set the first coil you made into a jig with a space of 10 cm. The main idea is that you need to make the jig to be able to rotate by the slow of the water with the number of reading approximately 10 ohm and form a tight coil that produce 200 turns. After finishing make one coil, you can repeat the step again to build more coils.

  • Build the rotor

Rotor is an indicator of which one is the polar direction of your magnetic coil. You need to use compass and then mark the rotor disk one by one of which one is South and which one is North. Be ready to heat up the hot glue and stick the compass to the rotor too. You need to make sure you put the right polarity to all magnets. Use the hot glue with around 1 cm thickness to locate the first magnet, press the magnet to the glue to make sure the hardness and then move to other magnets.

  • Prepare the Shaft

Preparing the shaft can be the easiest when you are building your DIY hydroelectric generator. You just need to cut the piece of wood as long as 20 cm then use the pencil sharpener to shape the both ends of the wood. You need to be careful as the edge doesn’t need to be sharp; a little blunt point will be more than enough for shaft.

  • Build the Turbine

Building the turbine of your DIY hydroelectric generator is back into the little technical area again. You need to drill around 6mm through the center of the big cork and then make 8 evenly spread holes around its wide. Then you can use the utility knife to dig a hole from the marks you made from the 8 different locations as the spoon will be put there. You might need to use wire, wire cutter, and hot glue. You should stick the spoons to the exact position heading towards the same direction and at the same angle. It is important the set the position accurately.

  • Completing the house

To complete the house of your DIY hydroelectric generator you need the plastic container without any labels that you cut on the bottom part of it and then you mark the center by using the permanent markers. These marks will be located both sides of the container and then drilled around 6mm or ¼ inch to place the stator. Place the stator with the coils already attached on the side of the plastic container. The last you can make four small slits on the side of the container and use brass folded tabs to make sure the stator holds it together.