When we think of hydropower, we think of thundering cascades of water spilling downhill through carefully crafted flumes and spinning enormous generators that make enough power to light up small cities. Hardly anyone thinks of a slow moving canal or river, except Emily Morris, CEO of Emrgy, a distributed energy startup located in Atlanta, Georgia.
The book Drawdown, edited by Paul Hawken, lists the top 100 things humanity can do to limit global warming. Number 48 on that list is in-stream hydro. Unlike other renewable energy sources, it is capable of producing electricity continuously 24 hours a day 365 days a year. Emrgy has developed a self-contained plug-n-play in-stream hydro module that can harvest energy from slow moving water streams. Each module produces about 10 kW of consistent hydro power and the system is scalable, meaning that generating more electricity is as simple as adding more modules.
The Emrgy system is designed for minimum disturbance of the local environment, including aquatic populations. Each module is constructed of inert materials that will not break down over time and add debris or foreign materials to the local water supply. Because each module is prefabricated, no construction needs to take place on site, which greatly reduces civil engineering costs and simplifies the permitting process.
The Emrgy modules are packed with innovative design solutions.
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