E3A Micro-hydro: Site Assessment

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This guide is one in the Exploring Energy Efficiency and Alternatives (E3A): Micro-hydropower for the Home, Farm or Ranch series. Missouri residents are fortunate to possess two important pieces of a viable hydropower resource: water and elevation. Although Missouri may suffer from drought, many water resources come from perennial high-elevation resources that create ample opportunity for hydroelectric power generation. The scarcity of usable hydropower resources means landowners need to understand the two important characteristics of hydropower resources: head, or elevation, and water flow.


  • Calculating available energy
  • Characteristics of a viable location
  • Determining flow
  • Hydro prospecting
  • Pressure on an existing water pipeline


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