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Green Energy: Watermills Get Hydro Turbines

by: Martin Eillebrecht
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Hydropower Small Scale: Sustainable Way of Generating Energy. As we all know, hydropower is capable of producing enormous amounts of electric energy. In some places, it is less harmful than in others.

Hydro Power Turbines: Large Scale

From large-scale hydropower, the side effects are evident, as stated in Peter Sant's contribution: The harrowing consequences of 'sustainable' hydropower plants. The loss of habitat for various species is evident. Besides that, fish get killed in the turbines. So why does hydropower have such an aura of sustainability?

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First of all, the water is always flowing. The hydropower plants don’t produce CO2, and the life span of hydroelectric installations is several decades. Besides that, hydropower is very effective: around 70-80% of the potential energy is converted into electricity. And they run at full power around 80% of the year. So, the materials used for fabricating the plant are more effective than any other energy resource.

2 men watermil, water, building
Martin Eillebrecht and Peter Vree working at a water mill

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With these advantages and the possible drawbacks in mind, Gratia Hydro found a way to bring hydro power back to the people as it was in the 19th century and before. When inhabiting North America, settlers would build water mills to see lumber, grind corn, or linseed oil. These are the installations that got abandoned when cheap electrical power became abundant in the 20th century. But we can restore these old water mills and make them useful for our 21st-century life. Without destruction. Without losing habitat. Without killing fish and other water fauna. But in harmony with nature. With respect for historical heritage. Showing our children where energy comes from and what enormous forces are at work.

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But restoring an old water mill is expensive. You should think of 1.000 $/€ per installed kW of power. Most time too expensive for a mill owner. And when you have the installation restored, you would generate too much electricity for your own use. With that in mind, two possibilities are widespread. One: burn the electricity in electric heaters. Two: sell it 'on' the grid. Burning electricity in an electric heater is very efficient from a physical point of view but a waste of a precious energy carrier. 


                                                                            Water Mill Generator

Selling it to the grid gives the mill owner a sort of income, but revenue is small since the naked price for green electricity is a few cents, way less than you would pay as a consumer due to grid costs, energy tax, and VAT. 

watermill, water, building

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The solution is as simple as sustainable; both form a CO2 perspective as for communities: restore old watermills together and make use of the electric energy in your car. When you have a plug-out car (like the Sion from Sono Motors), you can harvest your electricity at the mill and take it to your home. And not only you. You do that together with 10 other households, thus creating a sustainable community.

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You might be connected to the grid for stability and a place to eliminate the excess energy. Still, most of the electricity comes right to the participants without gird transport costs, energy tax, and VAT. Like that restoring a small water mill is still expensive, but the return on investment is high. Depending on local tax rules, the payback time is between 6 and 12 years for a typical 5 kW mill. And after that, you can still use it for the next 50 to 100 years. That is Sustainability as it should be.

Contact: Gratia Hydro Micro Hydroelectricity

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Hydropower Small Scale: Sustainable Way of Generating Energy. As we all know, hydropower is capable of producing enormous amounts of electric energy. In some places, it is less harmful than in others. Hydro Power Turbines: Large Scale From large-scale hydropower, the side effects are evident, as stated in Peter Sant's contribution: The harrowing consequences of 'sustainable' hydropower plants. The loss of habitat for various species is evident. Besides that, fish get killed in the turbines. So why does hydropower have such an aura of sustainability? Recommended:  Sustainable Hydro-Power Plants Contribute To Climate Change First of all, the water is always flowing. The hydropower plants don’t produce CO2, and the life span of hydroelectric installations is several decades. Besides that, hydropower is very effective: around 70-80% of the potential energy is converted into electricity. And they run at full power around 80% of the year. So, the materials used for fabricating the plant are more effective than any other energy resource. Martin Eillebrecht and Peter Vree working at a water mill Recommended:  Best Countries That Stand Out With Sustainability With these advantages and the possible drawbacks in mind, Gratia Hydro found a way to bring hydro power back to the people as it was in the 19 th century and before. When inhabiting North America, settlers would build water mills to see lumber, grind corn, or linseed oil. These are the installations that got abandoned when cheap electrical power became abundant in the 20 th century. But we can restore these old water mills and make them useful for our 21st-century life. Without destruction. Without losing habitat. Without killing fish and other water fauna. But in harmony with nature. With respect for historical heritage. Showing our children where energy comes from and what enormous forces are at work. Recommended:  Green Energy: The WaveRoller Sustainable Clean Ocean Power But restoring an old water mill is expensive. You should think of 1.000 $/€ per installed kW of power. Most time too expensive for a mill owner. And when you have the installation restored, you would generate too much electricity for your own use. With that in mind, two possibilities are widespread. One: burn the electricity in electric heaters. Two: sell it 'on' the grid. Burning electricity in an electric heater is very efficient from a physical point of view but a waste of a precious energy carrier.  {youtube}                                                                             Water Mill Generator Selling it to the grid gives the mill owner a sort of income, but revenue is small since the naked price for green electricity is a few cents, way less than you would pay as a consumer due to grid costs, energy tax, and VAT.  Recommended:  Solar Canopies Supply Shade Electricity And Filter Rainwater The solution is as simple as sustainable; both form a CO2 perspective as for communities: restore old watermills together and make use of the electric energy in your car. When you have a plug-out car (like the Sion from Sono Motors), you can harvest your electricity at the mill and take it to your home. And not only you. You do that together with 10 other households, thus creating a sustainable community. Recommended:  Solar Sono Motors Car: Developed in Germany, Made In Sweden You might be connected to the grid for stability and a place to eliminate the excess energy. Still, most of the electricity comes right to the participants without gird transport costs, energy tax, and VAT. Like that restoring a small water mill is still expensive, but the return on investment is high. Depending on local tax rules, the payback time is between 6 and 12 years for a typical 5 kW mill. And after that, you can still use it for the next 50 to 100 years. That is Sustainability as it should be. Contact: Gratia Hydro Micro Hydroelectricity Before you go! Recommended:  Energy Miracle Algae. 10.000 Barrels A Day, Less CO2: 2025 Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about watermills? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage.'
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