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Case Study: Building Your Own 20kW Hydroelectric Power Plant

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Rob Spiegel
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Connected to the grid
Rob Spiegel   11/16/2011 12:04:44 PM
Great idea. Getting tied into the grid seems to be an important factor here. Saves the whole problem of storage. The perspiration will probably pay for itself in time, since the foundation is the least likely part of this power plant to fail over time. 

Alexander Wolfe
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80/20 Rule
Alexander Wolfe   11/16/2011 8:17:03 AM
This interesting case study spotlights the old rule that most great engineering efforts are 80% perspiration (actually, I think it's 90%) and 20% technical smarts. This project simply wouldn't have happened without all that digging, building, and dirt moving.

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