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Can I generate electricity from a fast flowing river without a fall?

In theory it is possible to generate electricity from a fast flowing river without a fall but the amount of energy available is very small in comparison to sites where the head (fall) of water is at least 2 metres. It is the combination of head and flow that maximise the potential to generate energy from a river not just fast flowing water.

There are a few products out there that claim to work with no head and just relying on fast flowing water, but at a small scale these just don’t make any kind of economic sense, hence we do not design or recommend schemes of this sort. If you are considering generating electricity from a fast flowing river within a fall of water please tread very carefully because there are some very questionable products with irrational performance claims in this market segment and do your research carefully.

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