Turning pipelines into power generators

New types of in-pipe turbine are being contracted by energy performance contracts in order to generate electricity from gravity water pipes. Because wind and solar are intermittent and weather-dependent, the flow of water in pipelines is a more reliable source of energy due to the fact that it's predictable and constant. It also has no environmental impacts, as the turbines operate inside the pipeline. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that $650 billion is needed over the next 20 years in order to replace aging pipelines; incorporating in-pipe hydroelectric technology into the new/rehabilitated pipes could generate a huge amount of renewable electricity that would otherwise go untapped.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 42-44, 46
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  • Accession Number: 01487310
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 10 2013 12:25PM