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
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
Hydrovolts technology offers
reliability, predictability, cost-efficiency and
control unmatched by other renewable energy
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
upon the large global opportunity of untapped
energy of controlled flowing water, enabling clean
electricity in places never before
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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
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 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.
are excited to be competing in the Imagine
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!
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
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!
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.
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
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
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.
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 email@example.com.
everyone in the Seattle region, we are having a
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
again to our investors and supporters for
helping us advance this great new clean energy
technology for the