Imagine producing cheap hydropower without having to build a dam or threaten migrating salmon.
Portland startup LucidEnergy says it’s figured a way to do it — inside a water pipe.
We’re not talking high-tech. It’s clean tech, part of a wave of emerging technology companies that help improve the environment.
Lucid has developed a simple five-blade turbine built inside a segment of water pipe that can be installed when a utility, like the Portland Water Bureau, replaces a stretch of aging or leaking pipes.