Lucid Energy strikes deal with Portland to install in-pipe power system
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
Gregg Semler, CEO of Lucid Energy, said Portland will make a statement with its early adoption of his company's in-pipe power generation system.
Lucid Energy, the Portland Water Bureau and the city of Portland announced Wednesday that they will work together to permit and install an in-pipe hydroelectric system, the company's second in the country.
The deal follows a memorandum of understanding signed by the city and Lucid Energy in 2011, which stated the two entities would work together toward the installation of a hydroelectric turbine system in Portland.
Once permitting is complete, the LucidPipe Power System will be installed in a section of large-diameter, gravity-fed water pipeline that's being installed as part of a system upgrade at Southeast Powell Boulevard and 147th Street in Portland. The system is expected to generate an average of 1,000 megawatt hours of energy per year from the water flowing through the pipe, enough electricity to power some 150 homes.
“Water and energy are closely linked; it takes a lot of electricity to deliver safe, clean drinking water,” said David Shaff, Portland Water Bureau administrator, in a press release. “The LucidPipe system provides a new way for us, as a water bureau, to generate electricity from our biggest asset and reduce the cost of delivery for our customers.”
Lucid Energy, which won the Innovation in a Sustainable Product award this year from Sustainable Business Oregon, has an in-pipe system up and running in Riverside, Calif., and has a plans underway to install another system in San Antonio, Texas, early next year.
"We're seeing a lot of interest in our product from communities and water utilities around the world, so it's exciting that Portland will be among the first to complete an installation," said Gregg Semler, Lucid Energy's CEO. "It really speaks to Portland's understanding about the importance of the convergence of water and energy in building a sustainable economy and it will set an example for water agencies all over the world who, like Portland, are looking to reduce energy costs and embrace clean energy and smart water innovation."
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