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 Very cool.  Now if only I had a stream around here…

Scotsman Ian Gilmartin, 60, and his friend Bob Cattley, 58, both from Kendal, Cumbria have invented a mini-waterwheel capable of supplying enough electricity to power a house – for free. The contraption is designed to be used in small rivers or streams.It is the first off-the-shelf waterwheel system which can generate a good supply of electricity from a water fall as little as 20cm.

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  1. I lived that way for a couple of years (out in the country) and loved it. But I weaned myself of TV long ago too. And high speed internet is slowly making its way everywhere. Dunno…I think I would do it again.

  2. @D – I think it is. And I grew up in the country, and always thought I wanted to move back. Until I remembered: No high sped Internet. Four TV stations. Eleven mile trip to a store. If you forgot the milk on the way home you are screwed. City services – I *like* having the garbage picked up at the house instead of burning it, or hauling it to the dump.

    So I settled for something in between – living in a small town in the heart of one of the largest cities in the nation – best of both worlds (but no stream :().


  3. Cumbria…isn’t that where Hugh wants to move and retire one day?

    I would love to just have the stream. I think I am a country girl at heart.

  4. :mrgreen: Hah! True Dat. But there are a lot of ways to make electricity. Water seems harder to build.

  5. Put it in your bath tub and turn on the faucet .. water is cheaper than electricity!