Texas company purchases low-flow hydro unit

Internal Hydro International Inc. reports it will sell one of its first low-flow hydropower units to Greater Sooner Holdings Inc. of Texas.

Internal Hydro, of Tampa, Fla., said it would deliver a 30-kW Energy Commander unit to Greater Sooner within 180 days for $30,000.

Internal Hydro describes the Energy Commander as a positive displacement system that differs from traditional turbine technology in that it uses cylinders and a patented control valve to take in a low pressure flow, using all the flow inside the cylinders to create mechanical forces for a generator.

Greater Sooner said the unit likely would be installed at its Clayton oil well field in Live Oak County, Texas, where it would use pressure from water flow at the drilling site to generate electricity to replace diesel generation. The company indicated it might use Energy Commanders at other sites as well.

Greater Sooner is an investment holding company based in Houston, with primary interests in crude oil and natural gas exploration and production. Internal Hydro President Craig Huffman is a member of the Greater Sooner board, but did not participate in the transaction on behalf of either company, Internal Hydro said.

Internal Hydro previously announced it sold its first two 30-kW Energy Commander low-impact hydropower units for use in Ghana.

Earlier this year, Internal Hydro also submitted a proposal to the Corps of Engineers to install 40 small generating units at the W. Kerr Scott Dam, on the Yadkin River near Wilkesboro, N.C. At that time, the firm said it would work with the Corps to complete the proposal process and a revenue sharing plan.

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