I work on a water production site, we have a staggering amount of water flowing, much of which is just using gravity pressure and feeding into reservoir tanks. (flow on various sites ranges from 100 litres per second to over 1,500).
I am wondering if there is a potential here for energy recovery?
Either a kelvin thunderstorm (unlikely I guess but would love to see why it may or may not work) or a waterwheel generator inside the pipes or at the outlet?
But I am struggling to find any real figures to help me ascertain what kind of power this could generate and if it would be feasible / cost effective?
any input would be greatly appreciated.
If an example helps to give some base figures, I can think of one specific pipe that drops about 10 meters and has an average flow of 240litres per second. the pipes diameter is about 1 meter