Micro-hydroelectric Intake and Greenhouse Design Public
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The purpose of this project was twofold: a) to mitigate intake congestion of a micro-hydro power system in Horohoro, New Zealand, and b) to develop a basic feasibility assessment focusing on resource requirements for a commercial scale hydroponic greenhouse that would utilize electricity generated by the hydroelectric unit. To address the congestion of the micro-hydro intake, our team designed, constructed, and installed a self-cleaning floating boom across the inlet of the system to deter floating debris from entering the inlet, as well as a mesh screen to catch any submerged debris, reducing maintenance time and allowing the system to produce electricity to its fullest potential. Modeling the hydroponic greenhouse resulted in estimated heating, water, and electricity requirements.
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