Portland hydropower project taps into underground water pipelines | MNN – Mother Nature Network

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With the launch of an ingenious in-pipe turbine project, the same water that Portlanders drink might also power their homes.

Wed, Jan 28, 2015

Unlike environment-damaging hydroelectric dams and weather-dependent solar and wind installations, in-pipe turbines are a constant source of renewable energy. (Video screenshot: Lucid Energy/YouTube) Read more: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/energy/blogs/portland-hydropower-project-taps-into-underground-water-pipelines#ixzz3QE4CC1iA

Thanks to first-of-its-kind hydroelectric wizardry, Portland, Oregon’s drinking water supply — a drinking water supply that’s certainly no stranger to grabbing plenty of national attention — isn’t just keeping Portlanders squeaky clean and properly hydrated. The movement of said drinking water through underground pipelines is now generating clean, renewable energy.

The first in-pipe hydropower project in the country to secure a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for renewable energy, Portland’s just-activated LucidPipe Power System is a joint effort between Portland-based smart water management technology firm 

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