What are the Advantages of Using Water Wheel Pumps in your Property?
Water powered pumps are probably the most useful and least explored power-generating green equipment in the world today. As long as you have a river or a creek nearby, you’ll never run out of power. You can make your own homemade waterwheel pump or you can purchase a standard model from a contractor. The latter option might save you time but cost you some money. In the end, though you’ll find quite a number of benefits from this eco-friendly move. Choose among the many types of water wheel pumps and see which one would best fit your property’s needs.
Options for water wheel pumps
The most popular type of water-powered pumps right now is the spiral pump. The first operational spiral water wheel pump was made in 1979, and the basic structure involved two wheels with paddles attached to a coil of poly pipes that are around 19mm thick. As waterwheels are used to pump water uphill, these pumps were considered the easiest to make, but the amount of water they generate seem to be unstable. It would depend on the current of the river and the diameter of your coil pumps. However, in terms of pump technology, this is the newest. More research is necessary, though, regarding the design which can pump up the highest volume of water.
It is believed that the spiral pump succeeded piston water pumps which mage use of cogs and chains. Sometimes, rocks could get lodged in between the chains and the cogs which could stop the waterwheel from working. Waterwheels which made use of piston pumps were also much larger. They were not as easy to make as the spiral pump made.
In terms of construction, the spiral tube water wheels take inspiration from the undershot water wheel design. The only improvement is that a scoop is connected to the spiral tube. Initially this was designed to be used for irrigation purposes, but subsequent replications of these types of wheels were used on rivers. Design-wise, these types of wheels feature a series of paddle wheels that are attached to the central hub which in turn is mounted on the center steel axle. The original designs for these wheels call for 16 paddle wheels, and in terms of materials used the most common option is wood or any other material that is easy to secure. When it comes to operations, the scoop is the one that introduces water or air for every turn of the wheel. Adding pressure is the hydrostatic head that is sourced from the water that was previously added by the scoop, thus increasing the water pressure for every turn.
Another variation is the hydraulic ram pump that thrives on the force of moving water and is made from just two moving parts. The operation of this type of pump is simple; the pump will use the momentum of a large amount of moving water in order to pump a minimal amount of water uphill. In order for the pump to work, you should make sure that there is a water source just above the pump. There is one major issue with this type of pump though. This is known to waste water, and based on some estimates only 1/10 of the water that it uses makes its way to the delivery pipe.
How to place your water wheel pumps
You need to be very strategic with where you place your water wheel pumps. Consider the water’s height even during seasonal changes. Your wheel should be able to scoop water uphill even at the river’s lowest water volume. At the same time, your pump and dam design shouldn’t be submerged during the months when the river’s water volume seems to increase. This would affect the diameter of your water wheel pumps and the water wheels themselves which is why some people prefer to test it out and make the hydroelectric pumps themselves.
There are some companies, though, offering customized hydro systems for your home. You can try testing your own systems out, and if nothing seems to work, you can call in the experts. While this seems like a lot of work, you will be getting a lot out of your waterwheels. Aside from the smaller carbon footprint, you’ll also be able to save money on gasoline and electrical expenses. Since you’re not dependent on these energy sources, your property or farm is virtually untouchable by most global economic crises. You may even want to think about moving your plans up from simple water-powered pumps to water-powered generators. After all, the key here is to be as self-sufficient as possible, and for properties located close to the river, nothing can make you more self-sufficient than a finely-made set of water-powered generators and pumps.