The SMART turbine is developed to produce up to a maximum of 5000 watts electrical power from the kinetic energy of flowing waters. As the turbine is powered by kinetic energy and not with potential energy, it is also known as a “zero-head” or “in-stream” turbine. As such, no dams are necessary for the operation of this device. The course of a river remains unchanged and no large investments in infrastructure are required. The product operates on a low-cost per kilowatt basis making it not only ideal for industrialized countries, but for decentralized electrification in emerging countries. To tackle specific problems of decentralized electrification the product comes with an intelligent electrical management system allowing a simple and efficient load management which is necessary for the implementation of micro grids.
In order to be operational a river or canal with 2 m depth, 3 m width and min 1.2 m/s velocity is needed. The System does not require technical operations or maintenance but only regular cleaning.
Background Information & Social Impact
Today, rural electrification is still mainly done with diesel generators. Photovoltaic is partly replacing the diesel engines but requires expensive battery storage capacities. The SMART turbine is a solution that generates the baseload electricity supply which helps making electricity productive. With the availability of energy in rural areas, populations productivity increases which allows for their integration into local and national economies and thereby impedes migration towards the urban centers.