Riverside Public Utilities Wins AWWA Award for LucidPipe™ In-pipe Hydropower System

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Renewable energy system from Lucid Energy produces electricity from water moving through pipelines.

In-conduit turbine produces power from fast-moving water inside of pipes.

LucidPipe in-pipe turbine

It’s very exciting to be on the cutting edge of water-to-wire technology, and the Lucid Energy system has enabled us to turn our existing municipal water infrastructure into a generator of clean, continuous electricity.

Today Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) was awarded a 2011 Outstanding Energy Management Award for its ongoing evaluation of an in-pipe hydropower system from Lucid Energy Inc., a renewable energy technology company and pioneer in the development of in-pipe hydropower systems for large water users. The award, which was presented by the California-Nevada Section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) at its annual fall conference, recognizes top water utilities for innovative energy management.

The first prototype of the LucidPipe™ Power System from Lucid Energy was installed inside a 42-inch water pipe in Riverside, California in February 2010 and the third generation system, which has been in continuous operation since March 2011, has already generated more than 23 megawatt hours of renewable electricity. A permanent installation of the system is scheduled for November 2011.

Lucid Energy’s LucidPipe™ Power System, which was developed in conjunction with Northwest Pipe Company, is a patented, in-pipe turbine that captures energy from fast-moving water inside of gravity-fed water pipelines to produce clean, reliable, low-cost electricity with no impact on operation. The installation at RPU utilizes a portion of a gravity-fed water pipe that is fitted with Lucid Energy’s vertical axis spherical turbine, which spins as water passes it. Because of the turbine’s lift-based design, the LucidPipe can operate across a wide range of flow conditions, volumes and velocities with no interruption of water flow. The study at RPU confirmed that less than 1 PSI of pressure was extracted from the system as a result of the in-pipe turbine.

“We’re proud to accept this award from the AWWA as a recognition of RPU’s commitment to cost-saving, renewable energy,” said Kevin Milligan, assistant general manager of water utility for the City of Riverside. “It’s very exciting to be on the cutting edge of water-to-wire technology, and the Lucid Energy system has enabled us to turn our existing municipal water infrastructure into a generator of clean, continuous electricity.”

“We chose Riverside for our field testing because of RPU’s progressive outlook and the City of Riverside’s commitment to environmental sustainability, and this AWWA award reinforces that,” said Josh Kanagy, director of business development for Lucid Energy. “Based on our experience results at RPU, we are engaging other leading municipalities, and industrial water users who can benefit from clean, predictable, low-cost energy.”

For more information, visit: http://www.lucidenergy.com

About Lucid Energy

Lucid Energy is a provider of renewable energy systems. Lucid Energy’s patented LucidPipe™ Power System enables industrial, municipal and agricultural facilities to produce clean, reliable, low-cost electricity from their gravity-fed and water pipelines and effluent streams.

Lucid Energy was formed in 2007 with the mission of creating a new way for industries – particularly those that use large amounts of water and electricity – to turn the untapped energy of moving water into cost-saving, renewable energy. Lucid Energy’s technology team invented an in-pipe turbine generator that operates using fast-moving water inside of water pipelines without affecting operations.

In 2008, Lucid formed a strategic relationship with Northwest Pipe Company, the largest manufacturer of water transmission pipe in the United States. The two companies collaborated on the development of the lift-based turbine design that is the foundation for the LucidPipe in-pipe hydropower system.

For more information, visit: http://www.lucidenergy.com

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