Portland, Oregon is looking at their drinking water in a new way. Last year a Portland-based startup, Lucid Energy, helped the city generate its power by installing small hydro-turbines in the city’s drinking and waste water pipes.
The system utilizes the energy available in water flowing downhill to power nearby things like street lighting and even individual buildings.
The system is expensive and only works in areas with elevation changes that cause water to flow naturally downhill.
Although this is definitely not something Entriq Solutions is likely to recommend any time soon, by staying abreast of new (and sometimes weird) energy innovations we are always ready to bring the best ideas to your buildings.
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