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Beyond the Bale : September 2014
50 ON FARM Anew self-powered water turbine, soon to be available in Australia, could help woolgrowers and other farmers pump water more than a kilometre for livestock watering, local water storage or trickle irrigation. The Hydrobine, manufactured by EB Engineering Solutions, is basically a tube made out of fiberglass or steel, with five internal turbines in it. When it is placed in a flow of water, the water turns a crank which drives a piston pump. It has been specifically designed to work in low flow and low pressure water courses such as streams or ditches, and is suitable for flat terrain. The self-contained unit needs only a small fall in height to operate (from 25cm to 1.5m), creating its own pressure to power the internal turbines and pump. No fuel or electricity is required to run it, so it is especially suited for remote areas. Wayne Perkins, the product development manager at EB Engineering Solutions which also manufactures the Perkinz CrutchMaster systems, says the unit can generate a high-pressure supply over long distances. “It is able to pump more than 200m vertically and more than 1000m direct, and can transport up to 2000 litres of water per hour at a constant and consistent flow at more than 100psi,” he said.“The beauty of this self-powered system is that the farmer is letting the water do all the work.” The choice of site can have a major effect on performance. Fall and quantity of water passing through the turbine directly govern the power available. The pump performance, both output volume and delivery head depends totally on this power. Mr Perkins says the Hydrobine was designed with simplicity and minimal maintenance as major considerations. “The unit is self-contained and manufactured from durable, high-quality materials, resulting in minimal ongoing maintenance costs. It’s easy to transport, fast to install, and requires no specialist knowledge or tools. “Woolgrowers will find it useful if they don’t want their stock drinking directly out of the rivers, due to erosion of the riverbank or concerns about the sheep affecting the quality of the river water. It can also be useful to conveniently pump water to a holding tank, which can then be gravity fed to troughs.” An alternative use of the Hydrobine, instead of pumping water, is in generating power. The Hydrobine can generate up to 750 watts of electricity. Mr Perkins said this is a good option for generating power in flat terrain as only a minimum fall of 0.75m is required. Mr Perkins will be demonstrating the Hydrobine at the Australian National Field Days in Orange next month. The Hydrobine self-powered water turbine working off the end of a culvert. PUMP IT UP! The Hydrobine can help woolgrowers keep their livestock watered due to its ability to pump water at a constant pressure for more than a kilometer and for more than 200m vertically. No fuel or electricity is required to run the unit, making it suitable for isolated and unpowered locations. A new self-powered, high pressure water pump – The Hydrobine – which is suitable for low flow, low head water courses will soon be available in Australia. MORE INFORMATION Wayne Perkins P 1800 750 584 www.perkinz.com.au