Clean Energy From Water Pipes Comes To Portland

A great example of a innavative problem solving being put to the test in Portland Oregon.  This model if perfected should be easily replicatable in other cities accross the globe. 

“You take the best of hydroelectricity and put it in the pipe”

KATIE VALENTINE | Think Progress

It’s a renewable energy source, but hydropower has its pitfalls. Its dams can kill fish and other marine life and majorly disrupt habitat, and they can also end up emitting significant amounts of greenhouse gases — a side effect that many of hydro’s fellow renewable energy sources, including wind and solar, don’t share.

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But there’s one place with near-constant running water that can be tapped for energy without causing environmental problems: cities’ drinking water pipes. LucidEnergy, a Portland, Oregon-based startup that launched in 2007, is starting to capture the energy of water pipes, beginning with a pilot project in Riverside, California and now with a full-scale project in Portland.

“What’s really interesting about Lucid is this is a new source of energy that’s never really been tapped into before,” – Lucid Energy Spokesperson.

Read More HERE

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