Lucid Energy planning 'Centers of Excellence'

Lucid Energy's in-pipe energy-generating technology will be deployed around the country.

Lucid Energy's in-pipe energy-generating technology will be deployed around the country.

Portland energy startup Lucid Energy in April will unveil the first of at least three “centers of excellence” across the country designed to showcase its in-pipe hydropower technology.

The company this week said its LucidPipe Power System is now available commercially.

Developed in partnership with Vancouver, Wash.-based Northwest Pipe Co, LucidPipe uses a turbine to capture energy from fast-moving water inside large pipelines without disrupting operations.

The company began in Indiana but moved its headquarters to Portland last year, where it hired Gregg Semler, formerly a founding partner of cleantech venture capital firm Pivotal Investments, as CEO.

The company is working with several partners, including CH2M Hill, Johnson Controls, Siemens, Honeywell, and Northwest Pipe to commercialize and deploy the technology across North America.

For the past two years it has been piloting the technology in Riverside, Calif., where on April 26 it will celebrate the completion of its first commercial project and the opening of the first Lucid Energy Center of Excellence.

Similar centers are being developed in Texas and New York to demonstrate the technology.

The company is also working with CH2M Hill and the Portland Water Bureau on three LucidPipe installations in Portland that could provide enough energy to power up to 300 homes over the next year.

It is also in discussions with the cities of Dallas and San Antonio in Texas; Albany and New York City in New York; and Toronto on deploying LucidPipe systems over the next year.


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