After two years of planning and design undertaken by the e.quinox hydro team, the realisation of a fully operational pico hydro powered battery box distribution scheme was finally complete in 2013. This project saw students from the disciplines of civil, mechanical and electrical engineering come together in order to deliver the hydro project over three months during the summer of 2012 and 2013. The pico hydro system has a potential to generate up to 6KW of electricity.
Phase A of the project was completed in 2012 and phase B completed in 2013. In total, the project involved,
– Installation of 6KW bespoke twin jet pelton turbine and spear valves.
– Construction of 2km distribution line from kiosk to local primary school.
– Installation of lighting and laptop charging equipment at primary school.
– Transfer battery box charging system from kiosk to the school building.
– Installation of bespoke e.quinox hydro controller for pico hydro systems.
– Distribution of a further 120 battery boxes into local community.
– Installation of full e.quinox data logger system in order remotely measure status of the civil, mechanical, and electrical system.
e.quinox had the privilege to work with some extraordinary partners and industrial sponsors on this scheme. The project was generously funded by the IEEE presidents change the world foundation. General Electric provided additional resources and research grants. Hilti provided specialist tools and equipment, whilst KIER provided personal protective equipment in order to keep our team and employees safe during the construction process.
E.quinox would like to thank all those involved in making this project the success that it has become and we look forward to working with our partners in the future. This project was a collaborative design between e.quinox and Dartmouth Humanitarian Engineering (DHE) of Dartmouth College, USA.
This project was part of the energy kiosk projects run by e.quinox and was discontinued in 2016. Similar to the solar kiosk models, the Hydro model had similar issues of maintenance which were unsustainable to resolve as university students. However, during its operation the hydro kiosk proved a viable solution in areas where hydro power from streams is readily available.