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Rooftop Hydroelectric Power Generation

By DANIEL ESCUREL OCCENO
January 29, 2010

It will be almost impossible to provide all the people with food, water, and a living standard acceptable for human dignity unless an energy source that every country can generate cost efficiently and effectively as the world’s developing countries with rates of natural increase continue to struggle because of the growth of population.

Rooftop Hydroelectric Generation is the scheme of rainwater channels on the roof of buildings for carrying away water to turbines coupled to a generator that will convert the falling or running water into electricity with the water eventually flowing to tankers to be stockpiled and vacuum pumped back to the roof during non rainy days, instead of pipes carrying water to the sewage, with the excess stockpiled rainwater to be used to irrigate plants and gardens.

Successfully proven with the appropriate architectural engineering design, rooftop hydroelectric power will save the world from the potential of devastation or at least reduce human suffering.

Rooftop hydroelectric generation, which can be designed with a water cycle continuous loop, is a perpetual energy source that will meet the future of unlimited demands even with overpopulated developing countries in the billions.

Normally, hydroelectricity depends on large natural water storage. Reservoirs upstream of dams or rivers flowing down from mountain tops where the water flow can be controlled to have constant water level to assure power provided for a populated community.

With hydroelectric power generation from rooftops of buildings the Philippines, a country with an average rainfall of more than 80 inches or more than 2000 mm of rain each year, can have a perpetual energy source simply by designing a Rooftop Hydroelectric Power Generator emplaced in structures of high rises, schools, and homes providing the possibility of electricity in all the provinces with (barangays) villages of people currently living without power.

The individual buildings, depending on the square area of the rooftops and gravitational flow of the rainwater, will be classified as small to mini or micro hydro in capacity of providing the energy.

An industrial rooftop hydroelectric power generation to provide electricity in metropolises, entire provinces, or new developments that can have the infrastructure of poles and wires will provide electricity in a world worried about Climate Change and Global Warming destruction with no worries of accidental flooding associated with existing hydroelectric power plants, but the idea of individual buildings can provided wireless electricity in a planned community and independent from the problems linked with power plants like during typhoon seasons of uprooted poles and dislodged wires.

For the duration of dry seasons or non rainy days, vacuumed pumped to the rooftop from stockpiled rainwater in tankers on ground level can produce electricity even during high peak demands instead of a loop, but during tropical storms electricity will be naturally created from raindrops and gravity for an energy source provided by Mother Nature, every rainy day perpetually.

If President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo needs a suggestion on how to spend the $310 million worth of funds for “green projects”, how about ROOFTOP HYDROELECTRIC POWER GENERATORS with the turbines for buildings in the poor provinces with barangay elementary and national high schools like in Gubat.