Efficiency of the Alternative Hydroelectric Generator in Irrigation
Keywords:Engineering, Hydroelectric Generator, Capacitor, Irrigation
Despite the improvements in access to electricity, the Philippines still has a rising issue with energy insecurity, and Nueva Ecija was one of the provinces experiencing constant brownouts. Therefore, a renewable electric generator is one of the visible solutions to power shortages. In this study, the researchers created a hydroelectric generator with a capacitor as a renewable energy source. The main goal of using capacitors or voltage regulators in the hydroelectric generator is to maintain steady-state voltage levels in the system at acceptable levels. This led the researchers to consider adding a capacitor. A design with several ways was applied. The researchers focus on developing a hydropower generator using an experimental and developmental design approach. This approach was used in the current study since it involves a hypothesis, variables that can be measured, and controlling factors. Participants in the research perceived significant issues with the hydroelectric generator innovation, primarily stemming from technical performance and variable energy output. The generator achieved an average of 6.098 Volts, 3.13 Amperage, and 19.09 Watts, sufficient for powering household devices. The findings offer valuable insights into the efficiency of hydroelectric generators in irrigation, highlighting their potential as sustainable energy sources and contributing to understanding generator performance, water velocity requirements, and the role of capacitors in energy stabilization. Research findings have exhibited notable progress in hydroelectric power generation, as evidenced by a maximum output of 18 volts per minute. Hydroelectric generators rely on the flow of water to generate electrical energy by employing a turbine to capture the kinetic energy and a linked generator to transform it.