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Live Near a Waterway? HydroVolts Can Power Your Home

| Friday November 20th, 2009 | 4 Comments

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Hydrovolts develops modular hydrikinetic turbines for use in canals & other waterwars

Hydrovolts develops modular hydrikinetic turbines for use in canals & other waterways

At Tuesday’s Academy Awards of Cleantech (The Cleantech Open), attendees were all abuzz about Seattle-based HydroVolts, winner of the $20,000 Cleantech Open sustainability prize. HydroVolts has created a floating in-stream hydrokinetic turbine that generates distributed renewable energy anywhere around the world.   Hydrovolts’ vision is to provide renewable energy to millions of people around the world who live near water.  The turbines are designed to drop into moving water, such as irrigation canals, spillways, tidal currents, wastewater flows, streams, rivers and other waterways.  Energy is collected from the force of moving water rather than pressure, operating like an underwater paddlewheel, so the turbine is safe for fish, unobtrusive, non-polluting and of course, renewable.  Each turbine can power 1 to 10 homes along the waterway and is about the size and cost of a small car.  The technology is modular, scalable and simple to deploy. Check out this video to learn more.

HydroVolts, like most Cleantech Open applicants, is quite early stage. It has a complete prototype which has produced power in a river, and an agreement for a demonstration project.  But it has received interest from 15 countries around the world including Somalia, Croatia, and Bolivia.

One of 13 finalists out of 1000+ entries, HydroVolts recently was awarded the $5000 Newpreneur award sponsored by Alibaba.Com and Inc. Magazine.   “Everybody understands the power in fast flowing water…Everybody sees right away that artificial canals are a much better place to start a new water power business than wild rivers or tidal channels full of fish, debris and environmental regulations,” CEO Burt Hamner said.

Not only is this an advance in hydrokinetic technologies, but HydroVolts has the potential to enable renewable energy generation in parts of the world where it hasn’t been possible before.  Here’s to the company’s success.


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  • Azmat Ali Shah

    Respectable Concerned Person,
    I am from Pakistan,the country is in trouble for want of power.I am a retired Engineer dreaming to help my country in its search for energy source.I intend to use this Hydrovolt technology for producing power.Will somebody help me in giving the required information to proceed further,to achieve my objective.
    Thanks

  • Joel Marcelo C. de Leon

    Your technology is already obleterate. We have the best underwater turbine that will solve the power generation in the world and save the earth from global warming. your flip wing is an old type model that we alresdy experemented since 1997. How can we salute your invention that is copied from our old turbine.

    • CapmWoody

      Very good then. Show us this new technology. How can we salute your wonderful turbine if you give us no information about it.

  • CapmWoody

    Very good then. Show us this new technology. How can we salute your wonderful turbine if you give us no information about it.

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