This river turbine brings electricity to an entire community.
Inspired by nature, Turbulent Hydro has developed a decentralized hydropower plant that can be installed at every natural height difference in a river or canal and requires simple civil works.
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Designed for rural areas with access to a river, the whirlpool turbine harnesses energy from a river to generate round-the-clock power for dozens of households in remote communities all over the world.
First, a hole is dug for the inlet and outlet canals and the basin, where prefabricated parts are installed. The generator and impeller are then installed in the centre and the excavation is filled back into place.
The river or canal is then opened to let the water flow in, forming the vortex and starting the turbine. The turbine is the only moving part, reducing failure and maintenance to produce energy 24 hours a day.
The fish-friendly vortex is resistant to small debris and sand. It takes a week to install and uses natural whirlpool to power up to 60 homes per turbine, making it cost-efficient and the future of local energy production.