Hydraulic energy derives from the power of the water flow of rivers or water falls. This power is used to turn a turbine and convert it to electricity through a generator. The greater the water drop, the greater the electric power obtained.
With mini-hydraulic energy we can provide electricity to any building, cabin, rural hotel or shelter, isolated from the electric grid and guarantee the supply 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. With the microturbines that we install, there is no need to build a dam. A small channel diverting some of the river flow is sufficient and the environmental impact is practically zero, in comparison to the large hydroelectric power plants.
With mini-hydraulic energy we can provide electricity to any building, cabin, rural hotel or shelter, isolated from the electric grid and guarantee the supply 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
For the sale of electricity to the electric companies, we must use a quality product, that provides a high performance and great reliability, that way, we will obtain the greatest benefit and will contribute to the use of cle an energies by society.
At Soliclima, we promote the diversification of energy sources and the use of local resources in the most suitable way. Mini-hydraulic energy is a good example of that. In our projects, we opt to fit the type, power, height an flow of the microturbine to the morphology of the river, making better and more efficient use of the hydraulic resources. Depending on the energy needs, the reliability of a mini-hydraulic facility can be increased with the installation of solar photovoltaic or eolic energies. This is highly recommended when the river doesn´t have a steady flow.
Micro-hydroelectric power plants have a reduced environmental impact, they adapt better to the caracteristics of a river and can produce energy without the construction of large dams. A hydraulic power plant that doesn´t exceed 10 MW of power is considered a mini-hydraulic plant and if a dam is built, it cannot be over 15 meters high. They can be very useful in supplying electricity to small villages or mountainous regions=2 0isolated from the electric grid or make better use of the water from small rivers, selling the electricity generated to the electric companies. The main caracteristic of hydraulic energy is that it can be used at a small scale, without much cost, applying hydraulic micro or pico turbines.
The power of a microturbine is less than 100 KW, and is ideal to provide electricity to small villages, rural farms or hotels outside the network. Its environmental impact is almost non existing, because there is no need to build a dam, only a channel to divert some of the river flow. Once the water runs through the turbines, it returns to the river bed. To work properly, they need a height of 5 to 30 meters between the supply channel and the drainage and a variable flow, depending on the power generated, which goes from 35 to 500