Since 2011 Lucid Energy has completed three pilots and two full size commercial installations of the LucidPipe Power System.
Riverside, California: Lucid Energy successfully field-piloted three generations of the LucidPipe Power System in a water pipeline at the Western Municipal Water District in Riverside, California. In October 2011, Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) received the Outstanding Energy Management Award from the California-Nevada Section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) for its ongoing, in-system study of the LucidPipe Power System. In January 2012 Lucid Energy completed the first commercial installation of a single-turbine LucidPipe Power System at RPU. The system continues to provide renewable energy, powering streetlights at night and water agency operations during the day.
Portland, Oregon: In January 2015 Lucid Energy’s second major LucidPipe Power System installation came online in a Portland Water Bureau (PWB) pipeline in Portland, Oregon. The four-turbine, 200 kilowatt system is installed in a section of gravity-fed pipeline just upstream from a pressure reducing valve (PRV). The turbines convert approximately 20psi (5psi per turbine) of head pressure – which would otherwise have been burnt-off by the PRV – into electricity. Portland General Electric purchases the electricity and the system is expected to generate an average of 1,100 megawatt hours of energy per year, enough to power up to 150 homes.
Portland’s LucidPipe installation was the first project in the U.S. to secure a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for renewable energy produced by in-pipe hydropower in a municipal water pipeline. The system was completed at no cost to the city or PWB and was funded entirely by private investment. The investors share the revenues with PWB and, at the end of the 20-year PPA, PWB will have the right to purchase the system and own all the energy it produces. Since pipelines have useful lives in excess of 50 years, this is an excellent opportunity for the investor and the city.