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Energy-Recovery Turbine for Water Pipes

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - Pydro Turbine (Energy-Recovery Turbine for Water Pipes)

Reporting period: 2017-08-01 to 2017-12-31

Water utilities are under pressure from urbanization, water scarcity, increasing energy prices and ageing water supply networks.
According to a study carried out by Sensus, one-third of the utilities around the world report a loss of more than 40% of clean water due to leaks.
Furthermore, study shows that only 1/3 of the energy used in water supply is needed for water transportation. 60% of the energy is lost through inefficiencies in pipelines.
Smart Water Networks enable utilities to identify leaks, better serve customers and conserve water. But challenges due to power supply and location have prevented the implementation of Smart Water Network (e.g. Sensors and motorized valves). Pipes are difficult to access, and there is no basic power supply in pipes as there is with other electrical utilities.
Most of the water infrastructure is located in remote and difficult to reach areas without electricity. Solutions for an autonomous power supply of smart water technologies, therefore, play a fundamental role in the smart water infrastructure.
During Phase 1, Pydro has performed a systematic and in-depth feasibility study to validate the assumptions made in the proposal.
As a result, Pydro has set for itself the goal of developing a product that offers customers an independent energy source.
In the first project phase, the customer requirements were further specified through qualified feedback.
The company will position itself with a modular water turbine on the emerging smart water network market.
"The first Version of the energy recovery turbine will produce electricity for the increased power consumption of self-sufficient IoT systems along the Smart Water Network (sensors, actuators, treatment plants).”
To reduce technological development and market risks, pydro will apply a lean approach to meet the challenges of product development.
The clear demarcation from existing products of the competition lies in (a) very compact ""water-to-wire"" solution in which all necessary components are integrated in a space-saving manner, (b) a modular system which is extendable according to the local power requirements of the customer and the available flowrates and (c) counter-rotating turbine units that allow a maximum power point tracking under conditions like varying pressure and flowrates.
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