The Portland Water Bureau (PWB) and Lucid Energy have turned one of the city’s major water pipelines into a generator of renewable energy. The LucidPipe Power System uses the gravity-fed flow of water inside a PWB pipeline to spin four 42” turbines that are now producing electricity for Portland General Electric (PGE) customers under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the utility.
The in-pipe hydropower system was installed at no cost to PWB or the City of Portland and will begin full energy production within the next two months. LucidPipe has been tested and Certified by NSF International to NSF/ANSI Standard 61 for use in potable water systems. It does not disrupt pipeline operations and has no environmental impact.
The Portland LucidPipe system was fully financed in October 2014 with capital from Harbourton Alternative Energy, a subsidiary of Harbourton Enterprises. The project will generate about $2 million worth of renewable energy capacity over the 20-year PPA. The Portland Water Bureau and Harbourton will share in the revenue. After 20 years, PWB will have the right to own the system and all the energy it produces.
The first installation of the LucidPipe Power System is at Riverside Public Utilities in Riverside, Calif.