Thursday, April 23, 2015

Light Your House From Your Water Main

Fresh water drawn by gravity through municipal pipes can produce electricity. Simply replace a portion of conventional pipeline with a section containing inline turbines which power generators outside.  It’s been done in Riverside, California and Portland, Oregon.  

The system is produced by Lucid Energy.  Portland expects to generate 1,100 megawatt hours of electricity annually, enough to supply 150 homes.  Smaller systems for home use are on the market, also.

A diagram of the system (Image: Lucid Energy)

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