Science Energy Man Powers His Home From Local Stream With DIY Micro-Hydro Plant By Michael Graham Richard Michael Graham Richard Twitter Writer University of Ottawa Michael Graham Richard is a writer from Ottawa, Ontario. He worked for Treehugger for 11 years, covering science, technology, and transportation. Learn about our editorial process Updated October 11, 2018 Ludens Share Twitter Pinterest Email Science Renewable Energy Fossil Fuels A man named Manfred Mornhinweg found the modern world too "noisy and hectic", so he decided to build himself a house on a quiet 40 hectare piece of land in Chile. Part of his project involved building a micro-hydro plant to generate electricity for his dream home, and he documented the DIY adventure on his (very old-school) website. I found it interesting, and though that you might enjoy it too. Unfortunately, there's no single photo that gives an overview of the whole micro-hydro plant, but this generic drawing gives a good idea of the concept: United States Department of Energy/Public Domain Here are a few photos from the project: Ludens Ludens Ludens Ludens This is the outflow from the turbine, where the "poor, tired water" (said tongue-in-cheek, of course -- the water's fine) comes out after doing the hard work of spinning the turbine that generates the electricity. Ludens For the whole thing, visit Ludens.