This run-of-river turbine does not need drops or significant engineering to produce clean, reliable hydropower: it can be dropped into moving water to start producing electricity within hours. The cross-axial design sits perpendicular to the water flow, maximizing swept area and therefore power potential.
Hydrovolts turbines leverage several revolutionary technologies, including the patent-pending Flipwing rotor design and switchblade chassis, to generate up to 12 kW of clean power.
Optimized for artificial waterways such as irrigation canals, Hydrovolts turbines are designed to be non-fouling: they rest at the bottom of the waterway below the bulk of surface debris, and all rotors are self-clearing. Depending on site qualifications, products can be installed singly or chained together along the length of a canal to produce more total power.
Over the product’s 20-year lifetime, the total cost per kilowatt-hour will be between $.06-$.11/kWh, a figure that is calculated without subsidies or green credits. Unlike solar or wind technologies, Hydrovolts turbines create electricity rain or shine – all you need is water.
- Siting Requirements:
- - Height: Average water depth of at least 6’ deep
- - Width: Greater than 13’ wide
- - Water speed: between 1.5 and 3.0 m/s
- - Accessible by truck
- - Close to power use
- - Low turbulence
- Product Dimensions:
- - Height: 6’ tall
- - Width: 13’ wide
- - Depth: 8’ deep
- - Weight: 6,000 pounds dry weight
- Power Output:
- - 1.5-12 kW, depending on water velocity (graph below)
- - Can be conditioned to appropriate voltage
- - Inverter included in package
- - Can be used on site or sold back to grid
- - Can be installed alone or in greater numbers to increase total power output
- - 20-year lifetime
- - Check with local authorities for incentives in your area
- - LCOE of between $.06-$.11, depending on site