Energy Systems & Design
The Watter Buddy is a small package water turbine generator capable of generating DC power from a running water source.
The Watter Buddy is a small package water turbine generator designed by Energy Systems & Designs, capable of generating DC power from a running water source. The system can be used with water systems such as the city water supplying systems which are under a certain pressure as well. The manufacturing facility is situated in Waterford, Canada.
Worldwide. Interview with representative
Energy Systems & Design. Interview with representative
One Nozzle Watter Buddy has a price of 695 USD
Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy
Domestic households and communities.
Mass produced. Interview with representative
Directly from the manufacturer.
Approximately 100 as of 2018. Interview with representative
The output voltage (in terms of alternating current)
The minimum power output of the system
The maximum power output of the system
The output frequency of the generator in Hz
The minimum required head (in meters) to generate power
The minimum required flow rate (in L/s) to generate power
How many nozzles are in the system
The weight of the system
Whether the product is single or 3-phase
The system has two models 12/24 or 48/120 volts. The output power of the device is up to 200 W. It is small and weighs only 3.6 kg. The number of nozzles can range from 1 to 4. Brass nozzles are supplied with the device from 3 mm up to 7 mm in size. For higher head applications smaller nozzles can be used and for lower head applications larger size nozzles can be used.
See performance charts below.
Watter Buddy Nozzle Size Chart with Flow and Power Output in Watts
The manufacturers in Canada may provide technical support. Local electricians or plumbers may be of assistance but it is possible that they are not familiar with this specific technology.
Additionally, the manufacturer provides a user manual, which offers advice on measuring flow rate, determining head, and guiding the installation of the system, although the directions are fairly complex and require some technical expertise. Not all parts necessary for a complete system are included in the kit
90-day warranty on Watter Buddy, no specified plan for disposal.Interview with representative
No independent laboratories have been involved in testing. Interview with representative
Varying water flow rates can cause an increase in voltage beyond battery rated capacity (potentially lethal), improper installation can lead to electrical fires.
Additional components can be purchased by sending a direct inquiry regarding additions to the water buddy system.
No research related to this specific product performance is available, although other products by this manufacturer have been included in market analysis studies.
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Federal Energy Regulatory Commission requirements for grid-tie.
No specific protocols were mentioned, although through correspondence it does not appear that any full-scale lifecycle testing has been completed. Although, the manufacturer has completed tests both on installed products and utilizing a pump system to simulate streamflow. Testing was performed on sites in Waterford, New Brunswick, Canada. Interview with representative
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