I like the idea, but not sure if you have a strong enough "current" to drive a wheel to power much of anything.I have a creek behind where I'm building my cabin about 10 ft. I was thinking a system to power smaller stuff using the movement of the creek any ideas on what to use building that.
If you have good information on this please share. This is an area I need to research. I did have a 5k generator years ago. The generator part died from lack of use. At the time I did not know it needed to be used under a load. I now know it should be run for 10-15 minutes a month running equipment or the magnets in them die. The motor ran but the rest was junk. I want to get a new generator but am wondering the same thing. Any insight would be great!If getting a generator, go diesel. For one, they last longer. Second, they can use a lot of different things for fuel, so you have the ability to improvise.
I wasn't thinking of using night lights post SHTF, I was thinking more for now so I don't have to spend money on electric bills. We are using wood for the heating and can cook from that too if needs be but if the power goes out then it would be good to have some backup. It was just I thought it may cost less to build water than a solar powered system.I've always been a bit puzzled by this desire for post SHTF night lighting.
Probably the LAST thing you want to do is have a visible light at night, in a post SHTF scenario. It's like putting up a beacon, "Hey, I've got power and comfort here, ripe for the taking!"....
Granted, I want some lights available for emergencies, but other than the sentries watching the perimeter, most will likely be sleeping come sundown, and getting up at sunup, like the old days.
I do get the desire to diversify, but this comes at a cost, of having to implement all of these methods. Depending on how fast your water is flowing, this seems a pretty stable thing. (as of course, is solar), so the need to diversify really isn't all there. You'd want to be able to clock the speed of the flow, to then be able to do any kind of real power calculations, of what to expect from it.
Most call it a ram pump. Pretty simple device, and great for off grid use. It works on elevation drop of the water. It won’t work on fairly level waterways though.A bit off topic, but the flow of the creek can actually be used to pump water uphill (slowly) without electricity. The clacker i think its called, due to the sound it makes..