Patent Number: 6,885,114

Title: Miniature hydro-power generation system

Abstract: A miniature hydro-power generation system may produce electric power from a flow of liquid. The miniature hydro-power generation system may include a housing that includes a plurality of paddles positioned to extend outwardly from an outer surface of the housing. The system may also include a nozzle and a centering rod extending through the housing. The housing may rotate around the centering rod when a stream of liquid from the nozzle is directed at the paddles. A generator that includes a rotor and a stator may be positioned within a cavity of the housing. The rotor may be coupled with the housing and the stator may be coupled with the centering rod. The rotor may rotate around the stator at high RPM to generate electric power when the housing rotates. The electric power may supply a load and/or may be stored in an energy storage device.

Inventors: Baarman; David W. (Fennville, MI), Lautzenheiser; Terry L. (Nunica, MI)

Assignee: Access Business Group International, LLC

International Classification: F03B 13/00 (20060101); H02K 7/18 (20060101); F03B 013/10 ()

Expiration Date: 4/26/02017