The paper presents the potential of Pico-hydro plant. The envisaged scheme is well suited in remote rural areas where transmission of power proves uneconomical. Pico-hydro plants can be installed at such places to power one or few homes. The power requirement at such location is minimal during off periods which can be utilized for charging batteries and other electronic gadgets. The Pico-hydro plants can be installed at much lower financial requirements compared with solar plants and wind mills.
The electrical output of a Pico-hydro generator keeps on fluctuating and hence a controller is required to keep the voltage within its permissible limits. An off-grid pico-hydro with a simple voltage controller is sufficient to fulfill the load requirement as it is isolated.
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LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing
pico-hydro, micro-hydro, pelton wheel, penstock, hydro-generator
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / General