Lucid Energy Inc., a renewable energy technology company in the development of in-pipe hydropower systems for large water users, announced that the company has signed an agreement with the Portland Development Commission (PDC) and the city of Portland, Ore., to partner on the development of a hydropower system within the city.
The partners plan to collaborate with the Portland Water Bureau on a project that will use Lucid Energy’s patented LucidPipe Power System, an in-pipe turbine that captures energy from fast-moving water inside of gravity-fed water pipelines to produce clean, reliable, low-cost electricity.
The partners also will identify innovative applications for the technology, such as providing power to eco-districts, car charging stations, desalination plants, purification systems and off-grid water agency tasks.
"We are very motivated to find ways to reduce the costs of delivering water to our customers," Portland Water Bureau Administrator David Shaff said. "We are looking forward to working with Lucid Energy to achieve this important objective."
The agreement also calls for collaboration on a first-ever, in-conduit hydropower symposium in Portland, with the prospect of drawing the participation of both local and international leaders in energy and water technology.
Lucid Energy’s in-pipe hydropower systems are targeted at large water users such as municipal water and wastewater systems, agriculture irrigation districts and water-intensive industries such as pulp and paper plants, chemical processing, data centers, semi-conductor fabs, aluminum manufacturing and thermo-electric power plants.
Because of LucidPipe’s unique lift-based, vertical axis spherical turbine, which spins as water passes it, LucidPipe can operate across a wide range of flow conditions, volumes and velocities without any significant reduction in pressure.