Flow Hydro-Electric Energy Conversion System Project

Flow Hydro-Electric Energy Conversion System Project

Jul 28, 2021

Carmen Riggs


In recent progress to the Continuous Flow Hydro-Electric Energy Conversion System project (CFHEEC), the interns Carmen Riggs, Tyler Gilley, and James Laumeyer have made significant developmental steps. Firstly, the stand was built by James, using 4x4 blocks of wood in the highest structurally sound fashion. This stand was screwed together and has a combined weight tolerance of over 10,000 lbs. 

 

 

Additionally, Carmen designed their electrical design circuit for the two Bilge pumps of the system. This schematic seen below details how the power flows from the pump, is interrupted by a switch and then flows to the 12 V battery. Additionally, as also seen in the schematic, the ground flows directly from the pump to the battery. 

 

 

The reason why the power in interrupted flowing from the pump to the battery is because the power needed to be controlled. With the switch installed, the system has an on and off switch – ensuring that the bilge pumps don’t burn out from running constantly.