Updated on December 31, 2023


Created on May 20, 2016

Turbulent Vortex Turbine

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A 15-70 kW  micro hydro system that can operate in areas with a low height difference.

Developed By
  1. Turbulent
Tested By
  • University of Concepcion
Content Partners


Product Description

Turbulent’s hydropower system is inspired and powered by the natural phenomenon of a water vortex. The system integrates an intake, turbine, generation device, and tailrace. Each vortex turbine delivers 15-100 kW and can operate even with a low height difference. The System can be installed in any river, canal, or even in a waterway that has drops ranging from 1.5-5 m.  The system can produce energy using an individual turbine or a group of turbines as required. It can be used either as an on-grid or as an off-grid system.

Turbulent is based in Antwerp, Belgium with additional operations in Santiago, Chile. The organization has completed several projects across the world.


Target SDGs

SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Market Suggested Retail Price


Target Users (Target Impact Group)

Community, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, Public Sector Agencies

Distributors / Implementing Organizations

Partners and Supporters (on the organization's website) shows the list of organizations.

Manufacturing/Building Method


Intellectural Property Type


User Provision Model

Users can obtain the product from the manufacturer after providing the required project information

Distributions to Date Status

Systems have been installed in multiple locations worldwide

Output voltage: (VAC)

200 VAC – 480 VAC

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

10 kW @ 1.5 m, 1.4 m3/s

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

123 kW @ 3.5 m, 7 m3/s

Output frequency (Hz)

50 Hz or 60 Hz

Minimum required head (m)

1 m

Minimum required flow rate (L/s)

1000 L/s

Number of nozzles


Weight (kg)




Design Specifications

The turbine impeller is designed to operate with a low rpm, low shear stress, and has a slow rate of pressure difference over the blade ensuring it will not cause any negative impact on the marine life. The system is designed in a way that it will not sustain any damages if any flooding occurs in the river. During a flooding situation, the elements of the entire product will submerge up to 10 m below the water. The overall system can be monitored from any location at any given time as it is integrated with a remote monitoring software.  All the parts of the rotor and the casting of the turbine have been designed using Stainless Steel.

Product Schematics

Technical Support

Contact Turbulent

Replacement Components



Turbines have a lifetime of 30 years provided the users follow the maintenance plan

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

An eco-friendly, resilient and a low cost turbine that can be operated even with a low head.

Vetted Performance Status

A study conducted by the manufacturer determined that the turbines are fish-friendly. The CFD model has been validated using a real scenario project conducted in Chile. The manufacturers are currently carrying out further research with a university to further validate this through real fish experiments.


Be sure to follow proper electrical installation and control guidelines.

Complementary Technical Systems

- DC to AC Inverters - Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Filters - Battery Storage - Diversion Loads

Academic Research and References

No academic references.

Eco-Friendly Hydropower for Everyone, Everywhere. n.d. Turbulent.

Turbulent | FAQ. n.d. Turbulent.

Turbulent Power Output | CALCONIC_ Calculator. n.d. app.calconic.com.

Turbulent | Get Started. n.d. Turbulent.

Turbulent. n.d. 15 – 70 KW Vortex Turbine. Turbulent.be. Wilsele, Belgium : Turbulent.

Turbulent. n.d. Report on Fish Friendly Design of the Turbulent Vortex Turbine. Turbulent.be. Wilsele, Belgium : Turbulent.


Compliance with regulations

The system is in compliance with the ISO 9001:2015 standards.

Evaluation methods

The product is evaluated for being fish-friendly.

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