Microhydro System Design and Installation
This 1-1/2 day workshop will cover the basics of small scale hydro power with a field trip to local microhydro installation. Participants will learn about: site assessment techniques including the measurement of head and flow; system design; types of turbines and their associated performance and cost; system components such as the intake, penstock and balance of system; maintenance and troubleshooting; and case studies.
Please join us for two days packed with information and site visits for hands on demonstrations.
Who should attend?.....basically anyone
- Renewable energy installers, contractors, dealers
- Electricians and plumbers
- Land, home, business, or farm owners
- Students, tradespersons and inventors
- Elected officials
- Electrical companies/cooperatives
- Any energy user interested in harnessing power from solar, wind or water
*Early Registration Cost: $325 - Register by close of business day September 5 to receive discount
Students in UNC system cost: $300**
**Student Early Registration Cost: $275
Location: Appalachian State University Campus, exact location TBD with field trip to Mollies Branch hydro system
Time: Friday, September 26 9:00am-4:00pm (includes lunch) and
Saturday, September 27 9:00am-1:00pm
Continuing Education Credits Offered: 10 PDH, 10 LU
All attendess will receive a Certificate of Completion
Note: Please bring gloves, hat, sunscreen, raingear, water bottle, camera, notepad, etc. Bring warm clothes, dress in layers and wear good shoes for walking in various terrain.
Michael Uchal is a graduate of the Appropriate Technology Masters Program at Appalachian State and is a full-time lecturer who teaches the Wind and Hydro Technology courses at the University.
He has also served as the Technical Director of the Beech Mountain Small Wind Research and Demonstration site for the last 2 years. Prior to his enrollment as a graduate student, Michael worked for a wind energy installation company where he assisted in the installation and maintenance of small wind turbines in the Northeast.
Appalachian Energy Center
Appalachian State University
Dr. Jeff Ramsdell, Director
828-262-7514 (Appalachian Energy Center)
401 Academy Street
226 IG Greer Hall
ASU Box 32131
Boone, NC 28608