Turbines in Water Pipes Harvest Green Energy for the City
LucidPipes harvest renewable low-cost energy from the water flowing through gravity-fed pipes.
The most effective way to harvest renewable energy is to acquire it from existing sources without too much disruption to the current infrastructure. Lucid Energy in Portland, Oregon has done that by developing the LucidPipe, which is able to harvest low-cost renewable energy from the water flowing through the city’s pipes.
Each piece of LucidPiping contains three small turbines which spin in the flowing water. The turbines connect to a generator on top of the pipe, producing hydroelectric power, which can drastically reduce the cost for the water utilities or be filtered back into the city.
People have been harnessing the power of water for hundreds of years – most recently through dams, which produce green hydroelectricity but also have massive negative environmental effects. Lucid Energy’s system is a rare coup, in that it has no environmental impact and could be integrated into cities’ existing pipelines throughout the world. In Portland, one of the city’s major drinking water pipelines has been upgraded to LucidPiping – the resulting electricity can now power large buildings or offset the city’s energy bill.