We’re excited to introduce three new informative videos describing the ELC Simulation Tool and Canary Chic Load Indicator Device:
A lack of local knowledge of Electronic Load Controllers (ELC) is often the reason for micro hydro shutdown. HPNET's Do-it-Yourself (DIY) ELC Simulation Tool is a physical device designed to help train village operators on the functionality of ELCs.
Watch the video for a snapshot of how the tool can be used to simulate load patterns and demonstrate the role of an ELC in regulating load.
The MHP Toolkit app is a graphic-based tool to help you understand basic, as well as in-depth technical aspects of community-scale hydropower. The app includes a digital version of the ELC Simulation Tool, described above. It also provides a micro hydro trouble-shooting guide, walking the user through tips and tests to solve issues ranging from over-voltage to unidentified noise coming from the powerhouse. The tool can be downloaded on Android and Windows.
This video provides a useful overview of the functionality of the MHP Toolkit app and all that it can offer practitioners.
Some Micro-Hydro systems with a high electrical demand or lack of water resource can suffer from service interruptions. As consumers connect more appliances it can be difficult to know what the available capacity of the system is at any particular time during the day.
We set out to design a simple, low-cost, open-source device that can provide some insight for the consumers into when a system is reaching full capacity and therefore in danger of triggering a blackout.
This video gives a brief introduction to the device, how it works, how you can access the design materials, and how to make it most effective for your Micro-Hydro systems.