Parts List for Five Gallon Bucket Hydroelectric Generator

5 Gallon Bucket Hydroelectric Generator

Here, at long last, is an incomplete (sorry!) complete parts list for the 5 Gallon Bucket Hydroelectric Generator.

If this is your first time hearing about this picohydro system, check out this lovely description of the apparatus and its potential uses in the field by Sam Redfield.

Permanent Magnet Alternator and Body of Generator

  • One Supercore 24 Permanent Magnet Alternator
  • One five gallon bucket
  • Three five gallon bucket lids

PVC Pipe and Fittings

  • Four 3/4” 90 degree
  • Three 3/4” T’s
  • Eight 3/4” couplings
  • Four 3/4” to 1/2” adaptors
  • One 3/4” to 2” adaptor
  • Eight ¾” x 1 3/8” PVC pipe
  • One ¾ x 2” PVC pipe
  • Four 3/4” x 3 1/4” PVC pipe
  • Four 1/2” 45 degree
  • Four 1/2” 90 degree
  • Four 1/2” Plugs
  • Two 2” male threaded/glue coupling
  • Two 2” female threaded/glue coupling
  • Two 2” PVC valves
  • PVC cement

Threaded Rod and Hardware to Mount PMA to Bucket Lid

  • Four 10-24 Pieces of threaded rod 4 ¾ ” long
  • Eight 3/16” x 1 1/4” Fender Washers
  • Eight 10-24 lock washers
  • Eight 10-24 washers
  • Twelve 10-24 nuts

Threaded Rod and Hardware to Mount Splash Guard to PMA

  • One 3/8” piece threaded rod at 3 3/4”
  • One 3/8” piece threaded rod at 1 3/4”
  • Four 3/8” fender washers
  • Four 3/8” nuts
  • Eight 3/8” lock washers
  • Eight 3/8” washers

Electrical

  • One 3′ red 6 AWG. wire
  • One 3′ black 6 AWG. wire
  • Two 6 AWG. Wire lugs

Other Hardware

  • Toilet tank to bowl gasket

Other Equipment

  • Dump Load Regulator
  • Standard car battery
  • 100 Watt inverter

Penstock and Trash Rack

  • One five gallon bucket
  • Two feet hardware cloth
  • Baling wire
  • Schedule 40 2” PVC pipe for penstock

Manual coming soon.

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