What can you tell from the above image?
How could someone, with no background training in a certain field but then, it turn out that s/he has a pretty good knowledge about it?!
The best answer is ENTHUSIASM (or passion)! And of course, we need brains (and what nots) for that! So, I’m sorry for you, Mr. Edison! Have a try again!
I’m sure that you’ve heard the saying, “… rocket scientist …”, right!? It’s true, but then, we need to think (hard) to find the solutions… That’s why; the “trials and errors” are needed most in perfecting whatever thing that we might get involve in.
Just to make it a bit longer, so please bear with me: I took science stream long time ago; unfortunately, I couldn’t afford to be an electrical or mechanical engineer! But then, I do have passion in relearning the basics! And it’s good to refresh my rusty knowledge in Physics, etc. I only got average grades in secondary school Physics and Biology but was flopped in Calculus and Chemistry! That’s why my (previous) dream of becoming a helicopter pilot (Ooooo…) was hampered too because of this! It’s not a big deal though, as I also have others dreams. But still, I do have passion for aviation, even though I’ve never board a helicopter before!
Anyway, thanks to the internet; now I can browse and search for the “lost world” that I’ve missed! Just in case if your kids ask you for help in solving maths problems (and you do have rusty knowledge just as mine), then the help desk is here! Anyway, the keywords here are “diligent” and “self-taught”…
Do you think that “instant” engineering graduates have the hands-on skills in welding, wiring, operating machinery, etc.? Uhmmmph… I think the vocational-trained people are more likely to be the experts as compared to them! Ooops; another stereotype statement, uh?!
By the way, here comes an acronym for that – B.E.S.I., which stands for Brain(s), Enthusiasm (or passion), Skills (or talents) and Initiative(s)! I can say that passion comes first whenever we experience it; we are going to use our brains on how to do it (pre- and post-planning, etc.); we need some skills (or gifted talents) to perform it and finally, we have to initiate it by pooling manpower, seed grant, etc.! Yup; “silly ideas work” – as they say! Or, experiencing hardship will force us to think hard to alleviate the problem(s)…
Recently, I’ve been hunting for information on how to do micro hydro power generation (MHPG) to generate self-sufficient-renewable-24/7-cheap energy for my future farm house. And with the internet, it’s Voila! Unlike the ye-olde days, now I could find tonnes of it – electronic files, videos – you name it! And I’ve saved all those files for my future reference. If you are interested, see the compiled, selected links below:
The e-files on MHPG:
- Small Hydro Power Handbook – Chapter 1 (http://www.smallhydropower.com/manual3.htm)
- Guide on How to Develop a Small Hydropower Plant (http://www.esha.be/fileadmin/esha_files/documents/publications/publications/Part_1_Guide_on_how_to_develop_a_small_hydropower_plant-_Final.pdf)
- Morehead Valley Hydro, Inc. (http://www.smallhydropower.com/more.html)
- Layman’s Guide on How to Develop a Small Hydro Site (http://www.microhydropower.net/download/layman2.pdf)
- Canadian Small Hydropower Handbook: British Columbia Region – Chapters 1, 2 and 3 (http://www.smallhydropower.com/book/CHAPTER1-2-3.pdf)
- Canadian Small Hydropower Handbook: British Columbia Region – Chapter 4 – Part I (http://www.smallhydropower.com/book/CHAPTER4a.pdf)
- Canadian Small Hydropower Handbook: British Columbia Region – Chapter 4 – Part II (http://www.smallhydropower.com/book/CHAPTER4b.pdf)
- Canadian Small Hydropower Handbook: British Columbia Region – Chapter 4 – Part III (http://www.smallhydropower.com/book/CHAPTER4c.pdf)
- Canadian Small Hydropower Handbook: British Columbia Region – Chapters 5 – 10 (http://www.smallhydropower.com/book/CHAPTER5-6-7-8-9-10.pdf)
10. Water Power (http://www.otherpower.com/otherpower_hydro.html)
11. Microhydro Electricity Basics (http://homepower.com/basics/hydro/)
12. Homebrew Hydro Electric – Part I (http://www.otherpower.com/scotthydro1.html)
13. Homebrew Hydro Electric – Part II (http://www.otherpower.com/scotthydro2.html)
14. Micro Hydro Generator – Water Baby (http://www.judyofthewoods.net/hydro.html)
15. Wooden Low-RPM Alternator (http://www.otherpower.com/pmg2.html)
16. Motors and Generators (http://www.6pie.com/coilsandmagneticflux.php)
17. Ask the Renewable Energy Guru (http://energyindependence-rob.blogspot.com/)
18. And many more!
Additional e-files on wind power generation (WPG):
- Windfarm – Part I – look for the materials that were been used! (http://www.otherpower.com/windfarm1.html)
- Windfarm – Part II (http://www.otherpower.com/windfarm2.html)
- Construction of a 10’ Diameter Wind Turbine – Part I (http://www.otherpower.com/trips1.html)
- Construction of a 10’ Diameter Wind Turbine – Part II (http://www.otherpower.com/trips2.html)
- Alternator and Generator Comparison for Wind Power (http://www.otherpower.com/otherpower_wind_alternators.html)
- Scoraig Wind Electric (http://www.scoraigwind.com/; the blog at http://scoraigwind.co.uk/)
The Youtube videos on MHPG:
- Micro Hydro (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcycDAJc858)
- Micro-hydro Electric Power – Energy Alternatives (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8Iq0b2jwyw)
- Micro-turbine from Scrap (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OC1_dqpI_7A)
- Micro Hydro Project Video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eF_4M6fiVEM)
- How to Make an Engine/Alternator Generator – 1/2: Finding Parts (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvqL–T2Dpg)
- How to Make an Engine/Alternator Generator – 2/2: Putting it Together (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQiLKdv67FE)
- Find it all – here!
I might team up with talented people one day to achieve that dream; God willing… How about you, guys?!
Yup!; sceptics would dismiss this as “nonsense and beyond reach”. Well, the main concept to conceive such a silly idea is “Do It Yourself (DIY)”. Literature is abounding; read it here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here and watch it here, here and here.
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As a continuation to Part I, there are few successful, similar projects done in Sarawak (read it here, here, and here). I read about it once that the Brits built the earliest MHPG somewhere in the Miri region. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find its copy online! It would be of great help if any reader out there might know about it and willing to share the “material evidence”.
As a token, I’m going to show you some photos on MHPG, taken by my colleague – Apai Dom – during his working visit to Bario and the Kelabit Highlands on January 11 and 13, 2010. A brief information on Ba’ Kelalan is also an interesting reading piece!
So, do enjoy the rest of the show by reading the following “photo essay”, folks!
Photos on MHPG at Pa’ Ukat, Bario (January 11, 2010)
Photos on MHPG at Bario Asal/Arur Layun (January 13, 2010)
About the initial cost of RM17 million spent for Bario Asal MHPG; well, this is not a made-up story – it can be read here (and somewhere else)!
Should you need more information on how to develop MHPG for your kampong(s), try to contact PACOS or direct your queries to this guy. He’s the guy who has been involved in reviving Bario Asal MHPG in early January 2009 (photos) and his name too had been mentioned in here!
Psssttt!!! Hear ye, hear ye, please!
This is another good recommendation: Your current ADUN(s) and/or MP(s) might not be of great help in any of the proposed MHPG future project (except for the soft-launching (or opening) ceremony – if any!), as there’s zero income to be made from such small project(s)…
So, B.E.S.I., anyone?!