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Fri Jan 8, 2016, 09:41 AM

Portland Now Generates Electricity From Turbines Installed In City Water Pipes

You’d be forgiven if the phrase “Portland goes green with innovative water pipes” doesn’t immediately call to mind thoughts of civil engineering and hydro-electric power. And yet, that’s exactly what Oregon’s largest city has done by partnering with a company called Lucid Energy to generate clean electricity from the water already flowing under its streets and through its pipes.

Portland has replaced a section of its existing water supply network with Lucid Energy pipes containing four forty-two inch turbines. As water flows through the pipes, the turbines spin and power attached generators, which then feed energy back into the city’s electrical grid. Known as the “Conduit 3 Hydroelectric Project,” Portland’s new clean energy source is scheduled to be up and running at full capacity in March. According to a Lucid Energy FAQ detailing the partnership, this will be the “first project in the U.S. to secure a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for renewable energy produced by in-pipe hydropower in a municipal water pipeline."


A short promotional video describes the technology and benefits involved in harnessing energy from municipal water pipelines:





https://magazine.good.is/articles/portland-pipeline-water-turbine-power


How will the crazies be threatened by this technology?
Wind either kills birds or generates too much noise or too much wind.
Solar will suck up all the energy from the sun.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Fri Jan 8, 2016, 09:45 AM

1. Well, that article

Well, that article answered my first question and that is does it increase the load on pumps? No, these are only installed in gravity driven pipes so it's like a penstock in a dam. Very clever.

As for crazies rejecting wind technology, who was against the farm off of Massachusetts?

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Fri Jan 8, 2016, 09:47 AM

2. It's going to involve birds, probably.

I'm going to take a wild guess as to how Mr. Save the Sunshine would see this technology...

"Do you know what happens when a bird gets caught in a jet turbine? The exact same thing happens to the water sent through that pipe. This 'innovation' is killing our water supply"

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Fri Jan 8, 2016, 09:49 AM

3. Get these guys over to Flint Michigan.

The water distribution system has to be replaced, so they have to start at the beginning of the system. It's a win/win!

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Fri Jan 8, 2016, 10:54 AM

4. Good for niches like this, but not a general way of generating electricity

It only works in water systems that have a higher pressure than they need.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Fri Jan 8, 2016, 11:43 AM

5. Kickin'

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Fri Jan 8, 2016, 01:06 PM

6. In my city, water pressure is caused by electric pumps.

Using water flow to drive a generator is sort of defeating the purpose.

But, where water pressure is caused by gravity, this may be a good idea.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Fri Jan 8, 2016, 01:11 PM

7. Using good old gravity

 

Well done, Portland.

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