Hi all Ive been trying to find a good cheap(if possible!)motor for a water turbine project ive been planning,ive been looking at ebay uk but i just dont know which to look for? I am sure its DC but i just dont want to buy something that is gutless! im looking for something that will kick out atleast 1kw+ and id be prepared to build a dual system, of say,two 500w and if i find the right motors i could eventually add more linked together(if thats possible)?? The reason is i have a stream right next to the house, and i have been checking its potential and in normal weather it will need alittle tweeking! but as standard in drizzle! its very very promising!!!!strong torrent!!! i have yet to see it in proper rain! but if drizzle is anything to go by then it should produce a good amount of power!!(and considering in most scottish winters its raining everyday and allot in summer then its a viable option) my aim would be to be off grid !with a combo of energy options(solar,wind etc) i will start with batterys and use inverters to use the power i make, but im looking at running the house with either the water or a combo(i wish if anyone has a good suggestion of motors which will do the job either in single or dual++ configuration then give me a shout.. also how would i join several motors together on the same turbine rig i.e what type of electrical splitter equipment would i need? resulting in a combined wattage etc i.e splitters/fusing/breakers/converters/etc etc sorry for asking so many questions but i have really caught this home energy bug and im just itching to get building once ive recovered from my hospital op which has slowed me down !!!pilonidal!!!not good!!!actually a pain in the ****!! thanks guys oh and the genny didnt work!!! so i will do the light bulb trick soon and send alittle power back into it! i will win!! would a blower motor for a car have any use or washing machine motors or a standard alt from a car(i know of the recoiling tech)but would a standard hold any use(not in normal weather but in rain the rpms might reach enough power)but i guess i really need something that can do all conditions without overstretching its max load!! so geared maybe? i have everything else to build the water turbine but the motor and electrical stuff(inverter etc)so im desparate to find the right goods for the job.. i should be able to get a good flow with alittle work but i may need to somehow either control the flow in high current or find a motor that can handle every speed and regulate it without overcharge problems with batterys!