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Scottish inventor, Ian Gilmartin, has invented a mini water wheel capable of supplying enough electricity to power a house from as little as an eight-inch water fall. The contraption is designed to be used in small rivers or streams, without harming fish.
AKA: The Beck Mickle "low head" micro hydro generator.
- "It is the first off-the-shelf water-wheel system that can generate a good supply of electricity from as little as an eight-inch water fall." 
- http://www.beck-mickle-hydro.co.uk/ - Beck Mickle Hydro Ltd. "This site is under construction."
How it Works
Makes use of recycled plastic.
The Beck Mickle hydro generator contains the water for the full drop of the device, converting about 70 per cent of the energy into electricity. 
"patented technology" 
The prototype has been working successfully at St Catherine's, a National Trust site near Windermere. The water wheel produces one to two kilowatts of power and generates at least 24kw hours of sustainable green energy in a day - just under the average household's daily consumption of about 28kw hours. 
Beck Mickle Hydro Ltd.
Inventor: Ian Gilmartin
Mr Gilmartin, a 60-year-old electrician and inventor, was born near Cupar, Fife.
He does not own a television and has never lived in a house with electricity.
In the News
- Scots inventor cracks centuries-old puzzle - Ian Gilmartin, 60, has invented a mini water wheel capable of supplying enough electricity to power a house - for free. (Scotsman; Jan. 1, 2006)
- Waterwheel invention promises cheap electricity - (the Daily Mail; Dec. 31, 2006)
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BECK MICKLE HYDRO LIMITED
28 NORTHUMBERLAND STREET
LANCASHIRE LA4 4AY