Pumped hydro in many countries currently relies on low cost off-peak coal or nuclear power. The Venturo pumped hydro generation system uses no fuel or electric power to pump water using existing or enlarged water storage on farms - giving remote areas megawatts of power potential to feed into the grid when there is no wind, as well as giving farmers and wildlife more water for use in drought conditions.
The Venturo Water Ram Pump uses no fuel or electricity and
is the largest ram pump in the world!
Water Powered Technologies' large (500mm) Venturo pump is an ideal vehicle for hydro generation. Using our proven ram pump technology, it pumps water from a flowing source to high level ponds and reservoirs where the water can then be fed back 'on demand' through turbines to generate electricity. These systems, in adequate numbers, could provide an efficient means of buffering to the national grid. This locally-held power resource could be called upon during the peak demand periods to prevent the risk of power outages. And because they could act locally, a Venturo system for hydro generation would incur lower transmission losses than other centralized alternatives.
Cornwall, UK Hydro Generation Project
The aim of the project was to use our patented ram pump technology to make agriculture more sustainable and climate resistant and show how the Venturo system, when integrated with a hydro turbine, can provide an efficient and environmentally friendly way of generating power and creating jobs for the local community.
Water Powered Technologies installed a demonstration technical feasibility pilot project in Cornwall. It was designed to test the integration with hydro turbines in a micro pumped hydro project, supplying the national grid and at the same time protecting wildlife. The University of Strathclyde will take the technical learning and wide environmental benefits back to Scotland to study roll-out potential and engage local Scottish stakeholders.
Principles of the Venturo System for Hydro Generation
The benefit of this system is that it provides flexibility so that a relatively small and compact high pressure turbine can be utilized instead of a conventional large pre-set pressure system. This means that the generator can operate over a large range of flow conditions and although not operating at peak efficiency, can produce electricity at a lower capital cost and periodically provide much greater outputs.
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