RockyHydro - Affordable Custom Hydroelectric Systems


High Head Systems

Rocky Hydro's high head systems are usually simply a generator attached directly to a turbine.  We have over 400 different combinations of generators and turbines, so we should have no problem finding a great match for your site.  Even larger sites that will need a generator capable of producing thousands of watts we can help with turbine options and gear ratios.  Often we can match a generator and turbine directly even for larger sites, to avoid the use of gearboxes and pulleys as pictured below.

 You can click on the following links to learn more about our GENERATORS and TURBINES.  When you are ready to give us your head to flow to match up your site, we'll also provide you with information on building a turbine housing.    

Ready to get started?  For the $50 fee you will recieve-

A Micro-Hydro Calculator - used to calculate:

  • Power or watts your stream can produce
  • Necessary pipe diameter for your penstock (based on Hazen-Williams pipe-friction formulas)
  • Amount of money you'll save by generating your own electricity
  • Number and size of nozzles
  • Nozzle angle and placement

    Supplier Lists - For direct purchasing of generators, turbines, rectifiers, charge controllers, and inverters. We'll you provide you with their websites, and other contact info so you can make all your purchases without a middle man!

    Personal contact information - With this you can provide us with your head or elevation drop, flow, and pipe length. We'll provide you with unbiased, honest information about which generator and turbine would work the best, and give you a recommendation on pipe size so you can get the most power out of your site!

    A Downloadable Contruction Manual - Concerning how to put your complete system together, from the penstock to the generator and turbines with charge controllers and inverters.

    Before you make the purchase - here's a little tip: (Elevation drop in feet) X (Flow in GPM) / 10 = Watts you can produce. Run this quick calculation to see if you'll get enough power to make it all worth it.

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