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The small Hydrovolts hydrokinetic turbine that was placed recently in the Roza Canal near Yakima can generate enough power to support three or four homes. That’s not huge, but the devices take only about an hour to install and don’t block the flow of water or obstruct the canal’s other water distribution functions.
After winning several clean technology awards, Seattle-based Hydrovolts raised $3 million from various angel groups and is actively looking for manufacturing sites in Washington state. It could have a turbine product on the market as early as 2013.
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