Venturo - Zero Energy Water Hydro Pump
Pumped hydro in the UK currently relies on low cost off-peak coal or nuclear power. The Venturo pumped hydro generation system uses no electric power to pump water and simply uses existing or enlarged water storage on farms - giving remote areas megawatts of power potential to feed into the grid when there is no wind, as well as giving farmers and wildlife more water for use in drought.
Water Powered Technologies' large Venturo pump is an ideal vehicle for hydro generation. Using proven zero energy design, it pumps water from a flowing source to high level ponds and reservoirs where the water can then be fed back 'on demand' through turbine electricity generators. These systems, in adequate numbers, could provide an efficient means of buffering to the national grid, whereby this locally held power resource could be called on during the peak demand periods to prevent the risk of power outages. And because they could act locally, a Venturo system for hydro generation would incur lower transmission losses than other centralised alternatives.