An untapped source of clean energy is flowing 24/7 beneath cities and towns around the world: excess pressure in gravity-fed municipal water pipelines. What if we could harness some of that excess pressure to generate environmentally-friendly hydropower without disrupting water delivery?
The LucidPipeTM Power System generates environmentally-friendly hydropower with no impact on water delivery. Unique, spherical turbines are installed inside large-diameter (24” – 60”) gravity-fed water transmission pipelines. The turbines spin as water passes through them, converting excess head pressure into electricity.
Multiple turbines can be mounted in series, one after the other, to maximize energy output.Unlike conventional hydropower* and in-pipe PRV replacement** technologies, the LucidPipe Power System does not inhibit water delivery and operates in a wide range of pipe diameters and pressure/flows.
Unlike conventional hydropower* and in-pipe PRV replacement** technologies, the LucidPipe Power System does not inhibit water delivery and operates in a wide range of pipe diameters and pressure/flows. Lucid Energy is a provider of renewable energy systems and a pioneer in the development of in-pipe hydropower with the LucidPipe Power System.
The target Levelized Cost of Electricity is between $0.05 and $0.12 per kilowatt hour, depending on local energy rates and other project financing factors.Each turbine has has an individual output capacity between 20 and 100 kW, depending on the flow and pressure head.