The LucidPipe Power System spins gravity into renewable energy by harvesting an otherwise untapped resource: excess pressure in gravity-fed water pipelines. We designed LucidPipe with municipal water agencies in mind. After years of research, development and discussions with water managers across the country, we developed and patented a unique, spherical, in-pipe hydropower turbine that generates electricity without removing all of the pressure or disrupting water delivery. Because the turbines operate inside of pipes, LucidPipe doesn’t harm ecosystems. This hydropower is clean, consistent and controlled by the water agency. For many cities and towns around the world, drinking water comes from mountain reservoirs and high elevation storage tanks.
For many cities and towns around the world, drinking water comes from mountain reservoirs and high elevation storage tanks. As the water flows downhill through gravity-fed pipeline systems, it builds up considerable pressure - pressure that can be far too high for residential and commercial water delivery. Water agencies use pressure reducing valves (PRVs) to remove some of that pressure, but all that energy potential is lost. There's an opportunity!putting turbines inside of those gravity-fed pipelines, we knew we coul produce reliable, renewable hydropowerthat doesn't harm the environment. There was only one catch: how to do it without removing too much pressure or disrupting water delivery.
In 2008 Lucid Energy formed a strategic relationship with Northwest Pipe Company, the largest manufacturer of steel water transmission pipe in the United States. This resulted in our introduction to water agency managers across North America. We learned about their needs and concerns. They made it abundantly clear that our product needed to work without impeding their ability to deliver clean drinking water at the proper pressure.
We’re now developing our second generation LucidPipe turbine design. This design will utilize advanced manufacturing technologies, significantly increase power output, operate across a wider range of pipe sizes and flows and significantly reduce capital cost. Dollars-per-kilowatt is our key metric.
The Gen 2 LucidPipe Power System will enable us to reduce costs and expand the potential number of installation sites around the world, helping us reach our goal to turn the world’s gravity-fed water pipelines into generators of clean, renewable energy.