Microhydro System Design and Installation

Sep 09 2016 - Sep 10 2016


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

Early Registration Cost: $325*
*Cost after August 19: $375
Students in UNC System Early Registration Cost: $275**
**Student Cost after August 19: $300

Location: Appalachian State University Campus, Katherine Harper Hall, Room 180. Park at Rivers Street Parking Deck, the deck will be open and free of charge.
Time: Friday, September 9 9:00am-4:00pm (includes lunch) and
          Saturday, September 10 9:00am-1:00pm

Continuing Education Credits Offered: 10 PDH, 10 LU, NCBI 10 CE to maintain designation
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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