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Hydrovolts generates power from all kinds of flowing water

"Power from Water!" February 2011
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Hydrovolts' new hydropower technology taps a plentiful but overlooked global source of renewable energy from water currents in canals and channels. Hydrovolts turbines offer an economical and easy way to generate reliable, local clean power in millions of locations around the world. There's nothing else like it.

Hydrovolts' floating Flipwing turbine is simple to deploy and connect. Just drop it in the water and tether or anchor. No dams, weirs or site preparation are needed, reducing costs and minimizing environmental impacts.

Hydrovolts technology offers reliability, predictability, cost-efficiency and control unmatched by other renewable energy sources.

Hydrovolts' potential market is huge: There are tens of thousands of man-made water canals in countries around the globe whose currents are ideal for generating power from the Flipwing turbine.

Hydrovolts capitalizes upon the large global opportunity of untapped energy of controlled flowing water, enabling clean electricity in places never before possible.


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Progress in turbine development!  In February we have completed our next-generation "Class 1" small turbine for charging batteries.  This machine is intended to charge batteries.  At a slow speed of only 2 knots the turbine achieved the power target of 10 volts for battery charging, and at higher speed of 6 knots it generated up to 300 watts and 60 volts of power.  We are already designing a new generator that will make more power for it.  

Hydrovolts will be exhibiting the turbine in Boston at the 2011 MIT Energy Conference on March 4 at the Westin Copley Plaza Hotel.  This exhibition is free to the public - if you are in the Boston area come see it, there are about 100 exhibitors including a Large Hardware section.  We prepared a new tabletop exhibit as well.

Yellow Flipwing

Class 1 turbine next to boat 
turbine under tow Feb 2011
This "Yellow Subturbine" is a 1/4-scale working model for our large turbine. This little machine has a market all of its own - we have received quote requests for it already from potential customers, including the Navy, who need to power remote sensors or charge batteries.

We are excited to be competing in the Imagine H2O Water-Energy Nexus competition.  Hydrovolts is one of ten global finalists and will be attending the awards ceremony in San Francisco on March 16.  If you are in the Bay area please consider coming to the event, from 5 to 9 pm.  We have three extra tickets to give away!


In February, Hydrovolts CEO Burt Hamner was a presenter at a workshop on irrigation districts and hydropower organized by the Ditch and Reservoir Company Alliance of Colorado.  According to the organizers his presentation generated great interest among the participants.  These included staff from the US Bureau of Reclamation Power Program in Denver. They have a new Memorandum of Understanding for Hydropower between the Department of the Interior, the Department of Energy and the Department of Army to evaluate and develop new hydropower opportunities.  The potential for "canal power" is now being included in the scope of work.  We see extensive evidence across the country that canal and waterway operators are scrambling to develop micro hydropower opportunities.  

Canals are also found inside industrial water facilities such as wastewater treatment plants.  Hydrovolts has developed a design for a turbine suitable for such canals and sluices and we have been invited by a local utility district to build and install a turbine in their plant.  Look for exciting news about this in the next two months!

Other hydrokinetic turbine companies continue trying to turn tidal power into clean energy.  The World's Largest Tidal Turbine was recently deployed, a 74-foot tall monster.Largest tidal turbine
We applaud their efforts and are happy to see that European investors are continuing to support this technology.  We will benefit from the many new developments for components of tidal turbines. 

Further evidence of the growing support for our new industry is the recent publication by the US Department of Energy of the draft Marine and Hydrokinetic Energy Development Roadmap.  This is focused on ocean energy, not canal power, but it is an excellent overview of the general state of hydrokinetic technology and the efforts underway to promote it.  The Roadmap describes the challenges of deploying machines in the ocean, challenges we are happily avoiding with our focus on artificial freshwater canals.  Similar tech, lots less headaches.

Welcome to our new Chief Operating Officer, Mike Layton.  Mike is a licensed attorney and for the last five years has been the business and sales director for a manufacturing company.  In 2002 he founded and later sold a company proposing to make hydropower turbines for water utility companies.  Mike will be taking over the daily administration of Hydrovolts and help us develop partnerships and deals.  With Mike on board we now have 5 full time staff and 3 part time staff, and we are supporting six local machine shops and fabricators on contract work.

The successful closing of our Series A investment round in December left some investors on the sidelines rather disappointed they did not have time to invest.  Accordingly Hydrovolts is now offering a new investment opportunity, a convertible note which gives investors a low-risk opportunity to participate now and buy shares of later stock offerings at a big discount.  An investor package can be obtained by contacting

For everyone in the Seattle region, we are having a party at Hydrovolts' home in the McKinstry Innovation Center on Friday, March 18 from 4 - 7 pm.  Hopefully we will be celebrating a winning position in the Imagine H2O contest the day before; for sure we will be celebrating our friends and supporters.  If you think you can attend please RSVP to .  

Thanks again to our investors and supporters for helping us advance this great new clean energy technology for the world.
On behalf of everyone at Hydrovolts, Inc.
Our best regards,

 Burt Hamner, CEO
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