Hydrokinetic Turbines for Distributed Power Generation in Artificial Water Channels

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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.

Keywords: Hydrokinetic; Hydropower; Turbines; renewable energy

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2175/193864711802836481

Publication date: January 1, 2011

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