The hydroturbine subteam of the Cornell ESW chapter is working to create a hydropower system on the order of 1 kW in a creek adjacent to Cornell's campus. Hydropower has a storied history at Cornell, and the terrain in the area presents many opportunities for it. We wanted to install a small hydropower system in some way, and found a location where there was an infrastructure need in terms of lighting for a bridge on a popular walking path. We currently are in the process of testing and revising our design, with the end goal being a functional system sometime next year. This system would be operational during every season but winter, and would provide lighting for a bridge, along with a charging port for phones and real-time flow data from the creek.
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