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Old 03-12-2018, 22:35   #1
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Waterlily 12v Hydrogenerator

I came across this on the net. It is a tiny waterwheel that can be towed behind a boat (or placed in a stream).

Minimum Charge Speed
In Water: 0.28 m/s (1 kph) (0.62 mph)
In Wind: 3 m/s (10.8 kph) (6.7 mph)

Output and Connectors
Output: DC 14.6V
Up to 2A
Up to 30W
Connector: 2-Pin SAE
Charge Cord Length: 10 feet (3.05 meters)

https://waterlilyturbine.com/pages/waterlily-12-volt

Does it produce enough to be worthwhile?
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Old 04-12-2018, 02:56   #2
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Re: Waterlily 12v Hydrogenerator

At ~6 knots you get 1A charging current. Even the smallest solar panel will beat that and the solar panel would not cost USD200.
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Re: Waterlily 12v Hydrogenerator

There is already in the Chinese market for far less , and you can put an 5 kw or.smaller electric motor on an outboard leg and have 5 to 8 amps on almost the same price plus an electric outboard if you like diy
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Old 08-12-2018, 22:45   #4
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Re: Waterlily 12v Hydrogenerator

Almost enough to charge your cell phone...

I am sure it has a market somewhere, but seems little more than a toy to the average cruising boat, unless you want to tow a string of 5, 6, or 10 of them. Of course for that price there are better solutions.
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