Microhydro System Design and Installation

Sep 18 2015 - Sep 19 2015


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 1-1/2 days packed with information and site visit to Mollies Branch hydro system 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
  • Teachers
  • Elected officials
  • Electrical companies/cooperatives
  • Any energy user interested in harnessing power from solar, wind or water

Cost: $375*
*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
Time: Friday, September 18 9:00am-4:00pm (includes lunch) and
          Saturday, September 19 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

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.               

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