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Backpack hydropower of 500 watts

Posted by Sandeep Puri on March 1, 2010

Bourne energy introduces back pack hydropower plant…

Some thing like this could easily provide power for research stations, outposts, remote schools in Nepal..

The BackPack Power Plant – Type 1 (BPP-1) is a man-portable renewable energy generator only 3 feet in length and weighing less than 30 pounds. Each unit is self-contained with its own integrated power, control, cooling and sensor systems. The unit collapses into a backpack size module with the generator, hub and folded blades stored inside.
The unit produces approximately 500 W/unit high quality continuous power
depending on river current. The BackPack Power Plant can be set up singularly
or in arrays of over 30 kW.
backpack hydro

Wired article

Bourne Energy

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hydro-power without dams

Posted by Sandeep Puri on March 15, 2008

There was an article in the Economist about free-standing turbines.
The basic idea is to harness the power of water currents without building dams. Much progress has recently been made in the design of these turbines including vertical helical turbines allowing generators (with electrical components) to reside above water, current-aligning turbines anchored on submerged platforms and turbines with newly designed integrated generators.

Possibly something to look at for Nepal’s rivers without affecting the flow of water as dams would do.

Lucid Energy Helical Turbine

Lucid Energy Helical Turbine

UEK Underwater electric kite (current aligning)

UEK Underwater electric kite (current aligning)

Openhydro submerged turbine platform with integrated generators

Openhydro submerged turbine platform with integrated generators

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