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    Electricity from piped liquid




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    Quote Originally Posted by tod evans View Post
    This is cool, but only works on gravity-fed pipelines. If you have to pump the water to provide the pressure, these devices just increase the amount of energy drain on the pumps.

    Still, there are plenty of applications where this can, and should, be used.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptUSA View Post
    This is cool, but only works on gravity-fed pipelines. If you have to pump the water to provide the pressure, these devices just increase the amount of energy drain on the pumps.

    Still, there are plenty of applications where this can, and should, be used.
    I'd never heard of this before but it makes sense..

    Lots of small towns use water towers which require pumps to fill, why not recoup some of that energy when the water flows out?

    Without cost/maintenance analysis it's hard to figure if there is a payback....

    Turbine design has improved by leaps-n-bounds with computer modeling and modern composites....

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    Quote Originally Posted by tod evans View Post
    I'd never heard of this before but it makes sense..

    Lots of small towns use water towers which require pumps to fill, why not recoup some of that energy when the water flows out?

    Without cost/maintenance analysis it's hard to figure if there is a payback....

    Turbine design has improved by leaps-n-bounds with computer modeling and modern composites....
    My dad did some consultation for some guys promoting this exact idea 15 years ago. Glad to see it might finally becoming a reality.

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    Hydro electric.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptUSA View Post
    This is cool, but only works on gravity-fed pipelines. If you have to pump the water to provide the pressure, these devices just increase the amount of energy drain on the pumps.

    Still, there are plenty of applications where this can, and should, be used.
    Yeah, seems like you would essentially just be taking the energy back from the pumps in many cases.

    Quote Originally Posted by tod evans View Post
    I'd never heard of this before but it makes sense..

    Lots of small towns use water towers which require pumps to fill, why not recoup some of that energy when the water flows out?

    Without cost/maintenance analysis it's hard to figure if there is a payback....

    Turbine design has improved by leaps-n-bounds with computer modeling and modern composites....
    It would work as a energy storage reservoir. Excess energy, say solar, is used to pump the water up, and then electricity can be consistently generated via hydro electric.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian4Liberty View Post

    It would work as a energy storage reservoir. Excess energy, say solar, is used to pump the water up, and then electricity can be consistently generated via hydro electric.
    I don't know if a homeowner would get much out of this without massive storage reserves. Here's a project in my neck of the woods
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luding...ge_Power_Plant
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    Quote Originally Posted by kpitcher View Post
    I don't know if a homeowner would get much out of this without massive storage reserves. Here's a project in my neck of the woods
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luding...ge_Power_Plant
    Great project there. Yeah, don’t know how feasible that would be for a homeowner. Size and efficiency are important factors. Batteries tend to be the best best for homeowners. But in the long run, there are manufacturing and disposal problems with batteries too. That adds to the total cost.
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