The Saint Francis University Renewable Energy Center (REC) and the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) will present a micro-hydro energy seminar on Thursday, June 6, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
While large scale hydroelectric power stations are common in Pennsylvania and the commonwealth’s geography lends itself to the potential for hydro power in many locations, few micro-hydro systems are currently in use. For farms, businesses, and residences along waterways with enough elevation change and flow, a micro-hydro system can be a reliable, low-cost energy source, that can provide anywhere from 1 to 100 kW of power.
Traveling to Bedford County
The event will be at Whispering Creek Retreat in Bedford, a corporate retreat center that produces twice the energy it needs through energy efficiency, a geothermal heat pump, a vertical axis wind turbine, a solar array and biodiesel. The center completed a feasibility study for a micro-hydro project and the proposed site will be explored as part of the workshop’s sessions.
Presentations that day will help attendees determine if a small hydroelectric generating project may be feasible for operations. Robert Honders, of Honderosa Valley Consulting, who is a retired electronics engineer, educator, businessman and builder of micro-hydro installations, will present.
Attendees will also learn how to determine power potential, evaluate sites, choose equipment, and store or share extra electricity. More topics will include: the pros and cons of water power, environmental considerations, financing, permitting, and safety. Both lecture and hands-on sessions will be included.
The event is the third in a series of seminars to be organized by the Renewable Energy Center in 2013, each focusing on one of the five prevalent renewable energy forms in Pennsylvania. Future events will cover geothermal and solar energies.
Visit this page to register: http://microhydrojune6-eorg.eventbrite.com/#
Thank You to Our Sponsors
PA Department of Environmental Protection
and Constellation Energy
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