Updated on December 31, 2023


Created on August 27, 2015

SMART Turbine

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Designed by Smart Hydro Power, the SMART turbine is designed for rivers, featuring reinforced debris protection and a patented anchoring system.

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  • Smart Hydro Power GmbH (Ltd.)
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Product Description

Designed by Smart Hydro Power, the SMART turbine is a turbine designed as a horizontal axis “in-stream” turbine for generating power from the kinetic energy of flowing water. This product was developed to be low-cost while minimizing negative environmental impacts. Additionally, it is highly adaptable to different stream conditions and can either be on-grid or off-grid. A video is available about the engineering behind the device.

The company is based in Feldafing (Garatshausen) in Germany.

Target SDGs

SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Market Suggested Retail Price


Target Users (Target Impact Group)

Household, Community, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

Distributors / Implementing Organizations

Direct order from the  manufacturer

Competitive Landscape

Manufacturing/Building Method

Small series production. Customers may choose between 110 V and 220 V inverter. Interview with representative

Intellectural Property Type


User Provision Model

Product can be purchased directly from Smart Hydro Power.

Distributions to Date Status

More than 40 turbines have been sold .

Output voltage: (VAC)

110 VAC or 220 VAC

Power output, min (kW at head, flow rate)

0.25 kW at 0 m, 100 L/s

Power output, max (kW at head, flow rate)

5 kW at 0 m, 2,800 L/s

Output frequency (Hz)

50 Hz or 60 Hz

Minimum required head (m)

0 m

Minimum required flow rate (L/s)

1000 L/s to 3,500 L/s

Number of nozzles

1 nozzle

Weight (kg)

380 kg


single phase and 3 phase

Design Specifications

The Smart Hydro Power turbine is designed as a horizontal axis "in-stream" turbine for generating power from the kinetic energy of flowing water. Its power output ranges from just a few watts to 5000 watts. It has a length of 3.13 m, width of 1.6 m, and height of 2.01 m.  Interview with representative

Product Schematics

Technical Support

The SMART turbine is easily installed and requires minimal maintenance, however, all technical support is provided by Smart Hydro Power.

Replacement Components



3 years standard warranty, 5 years if requested. 15 year expected lifespan. With inverter, 7 - 10 years. Product should be inspected annually, blades should be analyzed every 3 years. Interview with representative

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

5 kW generator operates with as little as 2 m of water depth from 1 m/s to 3 m/s. The unit requires little maintenance, is easy to install, and has replacement parts available. Interview with representative  

Vetted Performance Status

Smart Hydro Power shows that they have determined the performance by themselves.


No listed hazards

Complementary Technical Systems

Yes, Smart Hydro Power sells a whole system, of which the turbine is only a part.

Academic Research and References

Conference Proceeding :

Tewari, U., Kolmsee, K., Norta, D., 2015, “Hydrokinetic energy for enlightening the future of rural communities in uttarakhand,”  Proceedings International Conference on Hydropower for Sustainable Development, Deharadun, India, February 2-7 ,2015, IIT Roorkee, AHEC, pp. 146-157.

Ali, J., Khan, J., Khalid, M.S., Mehmood, N., 2015, “Harnessing marine energy by horizontal axis marine turbines” IBCAST. Islamabad, Pakistan , January 13-17, 2015, IEEE, pp.495-502.

Journal Article :

Norta D., Ramanathan, S., Sachau, S., Allelein, H.J., 2015, “Hydrokinetic micro-power generation in small rivers – a new approach”, RE&PQJ, 13, pp. 156-161.

Smart Hydro Power. 2012. www.youtube.com.

Contact. n.d. Smart Hydro Power.

Smart Hydro Power. n.d. Smart Hydro Power.

Smart Hydro Power | Decentralized Electrification Projects Worldwide. n.d. Smart Hydro Power.

Smart Hydro Power | Hydrokinetic Instream Turbines. n.d. Smart Hydro Power.

Malawi Smart Hydro Power v2 – Sin Precios. n.d. pdfcoffee.com.


Compliance with regulations

Smart Hydro Power follows ISO, CE, and European machinery international standards. Interview with representative

Evaluation methods

CFD and FEM analyses, prototype and Model Testing (1:30 at SMART turbine ) on site and in towing canal.Interview with representative.

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