Portland now generates electricity from turbines installed in city water pipes

The city of Portland (OREGON) is changing the game of generating electricity with its newest environmental-friendly revolutionary water pipes! In order to come up with a clean and renewable source of energy, the city of Portland partnered with Lucid Energy. Together, they teamed up to deliver clean electricity drawn from the water which is already flowing under the city streets!

To deliver this promising electricity generator, the city of Portland has replaced a part of its existing water supply network with a patented Lucid Energy pipes. This pipes contain 4 pieces of 42-inches turbines and are an integral part in making the magic happen. As water flows through the pipes, the turbines spin and produce power which is attached to generators, which, then, supply energy to the city’s electrical grid.

According to Lucid Energy’s Frequently Asked Question page, their partnership with Portland is the first project in the history of America to secure a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement for a clean and renewable energy from in-pipe hydro-power in a municipal water pipeline.

A brief promotional video released by Lucid Energy explains how it works and how it is a cut above the rest of renewable energies. “Different than traditional renewable energy systems like solar and wind, [Lucid Energy] it’s really not dependent on the weather. It’s not dependent on the sun shining or the wind blowing to produce electricity.” Mr. Gregg Semler, President and CEO of Lucid Energy explained.

Indeed, one of Lucid Energy’s advantage is that it is unfazed by any sort of external conditions such as weather for it to deliver electricity. Also, it has zero impact on the ecosystem, making it a 100% clean and safe source of  energy!

Another advantage of Lucid Energy is that it is cost and energy efficient. Its unique pipes installed in places where water flows downhill, without any need to be pumped. In addition, it can also monitor the condition of the city’s water supply and keep the quality of drinkable water flowing through it always in check. Talk about killing two birds with one stone!

According to Lucid Energy, its partnership with the city of Portland is almost at its final stage. After the system has surpassed the rigorous final testing, it will be fully operational. It is expected that the installation of Lucid Energy pipes will generate a $2,000,000 worth of renewable energy capacity for about 20 years. Based on the average consumption of 1,100 megawatt hours of energy each year, the installed innovative water pipes can power up to 150 homes!

Initially, the money generated from this revolutionary source of energy will be divided among the project’s investors. Some of it will be used to reimburse the cost of construction and its maintenance.

Once the 20-year contract ceases, the city’s Portland Water Bureau will have the right to own the entire project and as well as all of the subsequent energy and profit which it will generate.

The joint project of Lucid Energy and Portland city called as Conduit 3 Hydroelectric Project is expected to be up and running before the year ends.

Indeed a project like this is one-of-a-kind. Aside of it being cost-efficient, more importantly is the fact that it leaves no negative impact to our mother nature. May the Conduit 3 Hydroelectric Project be a success and an inspiration for other cities to follow!

Watch the video below to learn more about the Conduit 3 Hydroelectric Project, the project that may be the answer to our issues about sources of energy!

Photos and Video | Lucid Energy

1 thought on “Portland now generates electricity from turbines installed in city water pipes”

  1. Does it produce enough power to offset the power used by the pumps that create the flow from the treatment facilities originally? Looks like a great idea. I work with Storm Water Utilities in Columbia County GA.

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