Smart Hydro Power Turbine
Designed by Smart Hydro Power, the SMART turbine is designed for rivers, featuring a reinforced debris protection and a patented anchoring system.
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 use cases both on the grid and off. A video is available about the engineering behind the device.
The company is based in Feldafing (Garatshausen) in Germany.
Smart Hydro Power has projects in all continents and has prioritized the productive use of sustainable decentralized electrification solutions. Interview with representative
Specific countries include India, Nigeria, Peru, Pakistan, U.S., Canada, Indonesia, Germany, Brazil, Colombia, China, Austria, and Switzerland.
Smart Hydro Power is a German company with an international team that designs, fabricates and installs decentralized generation solutions. These renewable energy systems can be enhanced with hydro-kinetic turbines built up in modules. These river turbines can be integrated together with photovoltaics into a complete hybrid system for decentralized electrification. In order to guarantee the most efficient use of energy, these proprietary plants run through an electrical management system with a unique load management and monitoring. Interview with representative
Prices vary from 2,500 USD to 3,900 USD per kW of power depending on the size of the system installed.
Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
Agricultural, independent and microgrids users. Anyone dependent on diesel for off-grid power generation.
Small series production. Customers may choose between 110V and 220V inverter. Interview with representative
Users can obtain the product by requesting it to the manufacturer, Smart Hydro Power.
More than 25 turbines as of November 2014.
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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 5000watts. It has a length of 3.13m, width of 1.6m, and height of 2.01m. The weight of the turbine is 380kg. Interview with representative
Further schematics here.
The SMART turbine is easily installed and requires minimal maintenance, however, all technical support is provided by Smart Hydro Power.
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
5kW generator operates with as little as 2m of water depth from 1m/s to 3m/s. The unit requires little maintenance, is easy to install, and has replacement parts available. Interview with representative
No listed hazards
Yes, Smart Hydro Power sells a whole system, of which the turbine is only a part.
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Norta D., Ramanathan, S., Sachau, S., Allelein, H.J (2015).Hydrokinetic micro-power generation in small rivers – a new approach. RE&PQJ.
Mangold, E (2012). Hydrokinetic power: an analysis of its performance and potential in the roza and kittitas canals [dissertation]. The Evergreen State College; 76 p.
Smart Hydro Power follows ISO, CE, and European machinery international standards. Interview with representative
CFD and FEM analyses, prototype and Model Testing (1:30) on site and in towing canal. Interview with representative
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