Project of the Day—Blue Freedom is the world’s smallest hydropower plant. It’s portable, which means you can bring it to areas where there isn’t any electricity at all and, a long as you’ve got access to running water, you can power a number of devices for hours on end.
The costs of growing populations. One of the toughest environmental arguments to make. Do you side with 23 million people who need electricity, or do you side with 20,000 indigenous people and a sliver of the Amazon rainforest and all its riches? Should they turn to nuclear power, and if so, how to pay for, monitor, and maintain it?
The proposed Belo Monte Dam in northern Brazil would be the third largest hydro-electric dam in the world in terms of electrical output. The dam would be 3.75 miles long and generate over 11,000 megawatts, which could power up to 23 million homes. Government officials say that the dam is an essential step in supplying energy to the nation’s growing population. However, the project is rife with environmental conflicts. The project requires the clearing of 588 acres of Amazon jungle, the displacement of over 20,000 indigenous people, flooding a 193 square mile area, and drying up a 62 mile stretch of the Xingu River.
Four local companies have acquired 22 struggling power plants in a
massive public auction. Under the deal, the micro-dams will be managed
by new owners for the next 25 years, KT Press has learnt.
The new buyers include four individual local companies and ten other
companies in joint ventures between local and international firms.
Ngali Energy Ltd. acquired Base I and II, Ngororero, Rwondo and
Ntaruka III while Rwanda Mountain Tea purchased Gihira and Rugezi Power
plants. Rural Energy Promotion Ltd acquired Mutobo plant and Prime
Energy Ltd purchased Rukarara 6.
Under the deal, the companies are obliged to commit to rehabilitation
and upgrading the dams to ensure sustainable power production.
The government committed purchasing the power generated. The partners
have also signed a 50% revenue sharing agreement, after calculating the
hydropower by .freeside. Via Flickr : 330MW Francis-type turbine in operation. Bottom half of photo is showing the wicket gate thrust collar, and wicket gate pivots. Upper half of photo is lube oil piping for thrust bearing.
Drop-in-stream pumps require minimal upfront installation. This river pump from Rife Hydraulic Engine Mfg. can lift water up to 82 feet vertically without using electricity or fuel.
Photo courtesy Rife Hydraulic Engine Mfg. Co.
By Richard Freudenberger
A former pump house in Lake St Clair, Tasmania, turned into a guest house.
The three-storey concrete building at the end of a jetty was a turbine house used when Tasmania embarked on a hydro-electric power experiment in the 1940s, but was later abandoned and has been sat unused for over 20 years. The building, renovated by Cumulus Studio now incorporates 12 guest suites.
In an announcement [Wednesday],
Apple explains that it’s working with partners in China to roll out
solar, wind and hydropower systems that will generate an incredible 2
gigawatts of power by 2020. As part of that, Apple and Foxconn have
committed to building out 400 megawatts of solar infrastructure that
will offset the energy that’s used to manufacture the iPhone in
Zhengzhou. That’s a bold but respectable plan.
notes that its current solar projects in the Sichuan Province already
produce more energy than its offices and stores in China use. But
frankly that’s small fry compared to the energy demand of its production