Rentricity Inc. reports it has begun work on installation of its first micro-hydro in-pipe projects, in Colorado and Utah.
The projects use the Rentricity SEMS (Sustainable Energy and Monitoring Systems) technology, which capture excess pressure and flow within gravity-fed water distribution pipelines, converting it into electricity for the grid or use onsite. The recently launched plug-and-play SEMS is for applications in the 5 kW to 30 kW range.
The two sites are located within the Town of Grand Lake in Colorado and Ferron in Utah.
The Town of Grand Lake will install at 6.5-kW system at the inlet of its facility and supply the power to the local grid. “Our unique recreational town will now be enhanced with the installation of sustainable water technology taking advantage of the gravity-fed water from our pristine, surrounding Rocky Mountains,” says Town Manager Jim White.
Castle Valley Special Service District will install a 6-kW system at the inlet of its new Ferron Water Treatment Plant. This system will be installed “behind the meter,” allowing the plant to receive and use all the power generated. “Combined with other energy saving features, this system will help us reduce our energy footprint in our new facility,” says Jacob Sharp, district manager.
The company has a similar technology, called Flow-to-Wire, that is designed for 30 kW to 350 kW or greater applications.
Rentricity says it is targeting data centers, pharmaceutical, and food and beverage processing facilities that use large amounts of gravity-fed water on a daily basis.