Cube Hydro to upgrade High Rock project with GE aerating turbines

Renewable energy developer Cube Hydro Partners will partner with GE Renewable Electric to install a trio of aerating turbines at the High Rock hydropower plant in North Carolina.

The deal, announced this week at HydroVision International 2017 in Denver, will see GE Renewable Energy deliver the first of three units in Fall 2018, with operations to begin in Spring 2019.

The aerating turbine was developed by GE’s Hydro Solutions group and was designed to provide what the global conglomerate calls a “unique environmental benefit for fish and other aquatic wildlife downstream of hydroelectric power plants by increasing the amount of oxygen in the rivers.”

“This is an important contract for us because it will tangibly demonstrate our ability to supply this technology to an ever increasing, important U.S. market segment, said Pierre Marx, North American Leader for GE’s Hydro Solutions unit. “We are delighted to be able to offer this product to Cube Hydro and our other customers, ensuring that the U.S. market has access to the latest technology to address the dissolved oxygen challenge.”

Constructed in 1927, High Rock is one of several hydroelectric projects located along the Yadkin River. Cube Hydro Carolinas closed its acquisition of the four-plant portfolio in Februrary.

“Partnerships such as the one announced today are aimed at providing the highest quality equipment and service at the least possible cost, thus demonstrating that renewable energy is both affordable and good for the economy,” said Cube Hydro Partners CEO Kristina Johnson, who announced the partnership during the HydroVision International keynote session. “Based on a comprehensive review of GE’s aerating runner technology, we are excited about the environmental benefits this solution brings to the Yadkin River System.”

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