There’s something about the idea of being off the grid and self-sufficient that taps deep into the pioneer spirit. That’s a sentiment that Canadian company Idénergie is aiming to serve with its portable river turbine: a smart piece of kit which promises to turn a river’s flowing water into up to 12kWh of daily power for you and your family. IDÉNERGIE developed and claimed to be the most reliable source of renewable energy & the world’s first smart river turbine.
It’s an incredibly neat solution, and one that offers to reduce many of the downsides of gas generators — like motor noise, smell of gasoline, and round trips to the gas station.
The process of power production goes as follows: the river current enables the spinning movement of the turbines which activates the generator. The energy which ensues is then converted into electricity thanks to the built-in smart converter. Afterward, the converted energy is forwarded to the batteries by an electric cable. The batteries recharge 24h a day and from there an inverter transforms the direct current (24-48 V DC) into alternating current (120 V AC) to power electrical devices.
The graph above illustrates the daily production capacity of the river turbine which varies between 4 to 12 kWh/day depending on the water velocity available.
The river turbine converts the kinetic energy of the river current into electricity. Its energy production depends on the water velocity. So, the stronger the current, the more electricity the river turbine will produce.
The velocity of the river is usually expressed in terms of meters per second (m/s). One meter per second is the equivalent of 2 knots. The speed can be measured using appropriate tools such as a current meter.
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