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Intelligent Designers

Intelligent Designers

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Saturday, April 27, 2019/Categories: video, sustainability, art and design, environment, climate change, Archive Pick of the Week

Micro-hydro Turbines for City Water Pipes (credit: Lucid Energy)

Alternative energy technologies such as solar, wind, and hydro-power along with engineering efficiency offer huge commercial and job opportunities for sustainability energy production. Creative designers are essential to these technologies that can replace coal-fired power generation without disrupting lifestyles, trade, or the environment.

An exciting example was highlighted by a report from Oregon on a company, Lucid Energy, that has developed a very creative and innovative approach to harvesting the latent energy in any municipal water supply. By installing micro-hydro turbines in Portland's water pipes, 'intelligent designers' have provided a unique way of replacing electricity generated by an aging coal-fired power plant. The Lucid system simply requires people to turn on their faucets. The Portland system have been so successful Lucid is now expanding to other cities.

Here's how the micro-hydro power system is operating in Portland:

This is one activity the hipsters of Portlandia can't joke about and it should be copied across America.




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