Image: front cover Buy Print Book Now
  •  CDN $29.95 
  •  USD $29.95 


Buy Ebook Now
  •  CDN $29.95     CDN $19.45
  •  USD $29.95     USD $19.45

Paperback – 336 pages
7.5 Inches × 9 Inches (w × h)

Weight: 650 Grams
BISAC: TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Power Resources / Alternative & Renewable
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 9780865716384
Pub. Date: 2010-06-01

About the Author

Scott Davis

Scott Davis is an award-winning renewable energy project developer with decades of experience operating, installing, designing, selling and teaching about microhydro technology. He is a founder and president of Friends of Renewable Energy BC, and the author of two books on microhydro.

view author profile

Serious Microhydro

Water Power Solutions from the Experts

edited by Scott Davis



Waterpower is the largest source of renewable energy in the world today, and microhydro is a mature, proven technology that can provide clean, inexpensive, renewable energy with little or no impact on the environment.

Serious Microhydro brings you dozens of firsthand stories of energy independence covering a complete range of systems, from household pressure sites to higher pressure installations capable of powering a farm, business or small neighborhood. Topics include:

  • Low, medium, and high head sites
  • AC only systems as well as ones using a battery/inverter subsystem
  • Stand alone power supply or grid intertie set-ups
  • Hybrid systems (combined with photovoltaics or wind).

With all the variables involved in microhydro, there is no "typical" system. These case studies represent the most comprehensive collection of knowledge and experience available on tailoring an installation to meet the needs of a site and its owner/operators. If you are considering building a system, you are bound to find a wealth of creative solutions appropriate to your own circumstances.

Serious Microhydro shows how scores of people are achieving a high standard of living from local energy sources with a minimal ecological footprint. It has particular appeal to home owners, teachers, renewable energy professionals, activists and decision makers who want to understand the technology from a "hands on" perspective.

You might also enjoy

The Scoop on Poop

The Scoop on Poop

Safely capturing and recycling the nutrients in greywater, humanure and urine

Flush it and forget it is the plumbing mantra of the industrialized world. Most people just want sewage to go away, preferably without having to see, …

view title info
Sewage Solutions

Sewage Solutions

Answering the call of nature

Rather than polluting watercourses with sewage, many ways exist to recycle it. Sewage Solutions explains such natural methods of treatment as reed …

view title info
Building Natural Ponds

Building Natural Ponds

Create a Clean, Algae-free Pond without Pumps, Filters, or Chemicals

Typical backyard ponds are a complicated mess of pipes, pumps, filters, and nasty chemicals designed to adjust pH and keep algae at bay. Hardly the …

view title info
Solar Water Heating - Revised and Expanded

Solar Water Heating - Revised and Expanded

A Comprehensive Guide to Solar Water and Space Heating Systems

Heating water with the sun is a practice almost as old as humankind itself. Solar Water Heating, now completely revised and expanded, is the …

view title info
Dry Run

Dry Run

Preventing the Next Urban Water Crisis

In the Age of Scarcity now upon us, fresh water shortages are an increasingly serious global problem. With water restrictions emerging in many …

view title info

New Society Publishers have decided to sell their ebooks without copy protection or DRM (Digital Rights Management) so that customers can enjoy full use of their ebook purchase. In return we expect our customers to respect this decision.

By clicking in the box below, you agree that you will:

  • NOT make illegal or unauthorized copies of our ebooks.
  • ONLY make copies of our ebooks for backup purposes.
  • NOT sell or give copies of our ebooks to family, friends, associates, etc., or upload to any file-sharing sites.
I agree to the above terms and conditions
Our ebooks are available in PDF or EPUB format.
Please choose the correct format for your device.
Buy PDF Version Buy EPUB Version