What is hydro power?
The power of water
Hydro power systems use the power of running water to create electricity. Whether it is from a small stream or large river, there is energy due to the downhill flow of water. Tidal rivers and estuaries can also be used for hydro systems. Hydro is a renewable energy source, with no pollutants that go into the oceans or atmosphere.
Rivers are running all the time. So a hydro energy system can generate and provide cheap energy for you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Frequently, there is sufficient power to provide all domestic lighting, electrical appliances, heating and hot water. Larger installations with powerful water flows can be extremely efficient for commercial and off-grid users.
How does it work?
Hydro power is created using a turbine to produce electricity. Kinetic energy from the flow of water is converted inside the turbine to drive a generator, which then produces electricity.
Who uses it?
Ideally suited for properties situated near rivers, hydro systems can work well as part of an integrated energy solution for commercial and domestic users.
- Light commercial units
- Industrial scale units
- Boat builders & marine businesses
- Waterfront premises
- Agricultural and remote sites
- Waterside properties
- Off-grid homes