Hydrokinetic Turbines for Distributed Power Generation in Artificial Water Channels
Abstract:Moving fluids such as water and air have kinetic energy that can be harvested to make renewable electric power. Wind turbines are a common example of kinetic power technology. Water cur-rents have 784 times as much energy density as air. Hydrokinetic turbines can harvest this power, and are now being developed and tested in ocean and river currents. However, the developers are seeking megawatt-scale power generation, these are difficult and expensive installation envi-ronments with limited scope for development. In contrast, there are millions of miles of artificial water channels, such as irrigation canals, water treatment systems, aqueducts etc., that can be developed for distributed renewable power generation. Hydrovolts Inc. has invented and is de-veloping a hydrokinetic turbine that can harvest power from a variety of artificial water channels. Lab and field tests have demonstrated its performance and that it will produce steady renewable power at less cost than comparable wind, solar or micro-hydro systems.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2011-01-01
More about this publication?
- Proceedings of the Water Environment Federation is an archive of papers published in the proceedings of the annual Water Environment Federation® Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC® ) and specialty conferences held since the year 2000. These proceedings are not peer reviewed. WEF Members: Sign in (right panel) with your IngentaConnect user name and password to receive complimentary access.
- Subscribe to this Title
- Membership Information
- About WEF Proceedings
- WEFTEC Conference Information
- Ingenta Connect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites