You are here: Home Energy Hydropower Floating Waterwheel Could Revolutionize Micro Hydroelectric Power Generation Floating Waterwheel Could Revolutionize Micro Hydroelectric Power Generation by Derek Markham September 29, 2009, 6:45 am 30 Comments A new hydroelectric device, the Hydro-Electric Barrel (HEB) could bring renewable power generation as close as the nearest flowing water, making micro-hydro a reality for many who live near streams and rivers. The inventors claim it to be both efficient and cost-effective, as well as being less intrusive to the environment than other hydroelectric solutions. Daniil Silantev / Unsplash The HEB can be suspended over any river or stream, and possibly implemented in the ocean to take advantage of wave energy as well. The design is deceptively simple: a one-piece large plastic wheel within a frame, spinning with the flow of water. What’s not so obvious is the internal design: a set of two integral planet gear driven permanent magnet generators turning the motion into usable power. According to the inventors, the advantages of the HEB are many: compared to conventional waterwheels, it operates quietly and is easy to transport and install. The machine is also environmentally friendly because of its shallow draft in the water and has a low capital outlay per kilowatt. The HEB doesn’t interrupt the flow of the water and can adjust to changing water levels while rolling over any debris in the flow. Photo Courtesy of Hydro Electric Barrel The HEB could also be modular, so for more power, another generator can be installed either in parallel or in a series in the river. The hydroelectric device is also being developed with a tidal estuary variant which can be powered by both tides and waves. Mike Lowery and Paul Price, the team behind the HEB, say they have a US manufacturer interested, and welcome inquiries for other possible producers of the product. For more information see the Hydro Electric Barrel website. See more Previous article Cool, Refreshing, Organic Fruit Salad for Healthy Energy Anytime Next article Green Talk Radio: History Present and Future of Electric Cars with ZAP 24 Comments Leave a Reply Hello, we have a home using solor panels but we have a stream running through the property, in this area we have three homes all not more than 200ft. apart. thank you Reply I am very interested in your paddlewheel thanks Robert Armor Reply Very interested. Please advise availability and cost. Reply Is there any update on production or availability? Reply https://www.mt-pelia.com/projects1/hydro-electric-barrel/ Reply Great idea. Would install one in my creek tomorrow. Reply Same as above. Would install one tomorrow if available and within budget. Any updates? Reply Perfect for my application. Where can I buy one? Reply I’m looking for 15 – 30 kW /110-60Hz floating system for the interior. Reply hi fantastic design has it gone into manufacture yet can i get some more details on output/input requirements Reply I would more info on this. I have an excellent stream with fast moving water. Looking for a minimum of 350 watts but could always use more up to 2-3 Kw. Reply necesito comprar el sistema para rio de 1 m/seg de velocidad, que pueda dar 1kw de potencia, por favor cuanto cuesta y como puedo adequirir, estoy en peru Reply Great Work! Please advise if and when your patent goes into production. May have a use for one or more. Reply i believe a product that can use the tide to supply power to the home would be well recieved in my area,i am considering opening a company that uses the tide to supply energy to there homes.my area has thousands of high dollar homes, the power source would have to be attatched to a pier,the tides that run in and out of our barrior islands moves in and out fast,your product looks very good to me,its simple and i feel could stand up to our harsh enviroment better than others that are more complicated in there desighn,i dont know how much power your product puts out,and probly wouldnt understand any answer that dosnt break it down example this devise would supply enouph power to heat the water heater, a comamy in my area that could offer a free power source from the pier they already have to thier home may do well, thank you,i am ready to get a product available to our area are you interesed, bobby perrault Reply Neat idea, but where is the generator mounted? Inside the flotation wheel? Reply A prototype is in development. It is a 1 meter version. There are some clips on youtube. Check out this site for more info. https://www.mt-pelia.com/projects1/hydro-electric-barrel/ Reply great i need block diagram and by which material you made it Reply please let me know when the product is available in canada. what is the price for one wheel. Reply helo i want informacion Reply hello iam muhammad saeed i want informacion Reply Are these available yet and if so I would like two please Reply Hi Gary, You’ll need to check with the inventors at https://www.hydro-electric-barrel.com/index.html They welcome questions and feedback. Reply The town of Lansing NC is looking to expand the current 6 acre park to 44 acres, we have pristine mountain trout waters and will not damn the flow, so we are investigating floating water wheels that generate electricity that we will sell to the power company to create revenue for our park. I especially like the design or the one here I see on your page. Please contact me on kw hr produced and pricing for such water wheel. Thank You Ann Rose Reply Hello Ann i have a floating Hydro Power called the Turbo Float it can produce from 2kw to 10kw .If you need power from low flowing rivers eg 16in deep min . Reply 4 Pings & Trackbacks Pingback:SUNfiltered : Fresh culture daily. » Blog Archive » Green tech finds (10/1/09) Pingback:Tweets that mention Floating Waterwheel Could Revolutionize Micro Hydroelectric Power Generation – Blue Living Ideas -- Topsy.com Pingback:Water as alternative energy source | Off The Grid Pingback:Global Renewable Capacity Has Now Exceeded Nuclear | CleanTechnica Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Upload a photo / attachment to this comment (PNG, JPG, GIF - 6 MB Max File Size): (Allowed file types: jpg, gif, png, maximum file size: 6MB.