Hydropower is one of the oldest and largest sources of renewable energy on Earth with evidence of watermills dating back to the 4th Century BC. Today, modern turbines can be discretely positioned next to rivers and canals to harness the water’s energy and convert it into electricity.
Even where there is a low height difference a single turbine can generate between 15 – 70 kW of constant energy while turbine clusters can power entire regions.
The Vortex Turbine is a next-generation, hydrodynamic system designed to operate constantly for 30 years. Able to withstand any type of flood and protected by multiple sealing systems against fresh and saltwater debris and sand, the turbine can be configured to perform against a range of head and flow combinations.
Compact and easily installed, the system is designed to produce low pressure differentials above the blades meaning aquatic life can pass by it unharmed.
Harness constant energy from previously unviable waterways and power your business with clean energy 24/7/365.
If you have above average energy needs and access to several rivers or canals, the highly flexible, low-head design of the Vortex Turbine means multiple systems can be easily installed.
With access to at least 5 metres of a canal or river with a flow larger than 1 cubic metre, you can request a network of interconnected turbines which – depending on drops and flow – can generate enough megawatts to electrify sites with even the largest footprints.
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This will depend on several variables such as local energy prices and existing energy solutions, however, projects typically offer a return on investment after between 4 – 8 years.
When used to replace diesel generators in remote areas, the payback period can be as low as two years.
Not through the system itself but a home backup battery system can be installed if requested.
Yes, turbines can be fitted for off-grid usage although it is better to opt for a connected system if possible. This way your excess energy is sold, leading to a faster return on your investment.
No, this is one of the key features of the technology. Water circulates for a few seconds in the plant before moving downstream, meaning zero impact on your flow or the flow of your neighbours.
Due to grid regulations, the generator must disconnect when there is a power outage to protect workers. Although systems can be configured to generate energy during power outages in some cases, this is not a default feature.
Turbines will only work if the water is flowing and are adapted with thick rubber coating that can shake off ice. However, if a waterway is fully frozen, the turbine will stop. The turbine will incur no damage as a result of freezing temperatures.
Turbines can be fit to work with any electricity distribution. Our operating voltages range from 200V to 480V with both 50Hz and 60Hz systems supported.
Turbines can transform 60% of the energy that is in the water into electricity.
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