“From our friends over at Earth We Are One (ewao)”
We frequently hear it said that the consciousness of our planet is at or has been at a tipping point for awhile now. Like huge body of water just barely being held in by a barricade and all the time little sprouts and leaks of water and flowing through as the momentum builds up. Then…one day…like the roller coaster at the top of the highest peak: WHOOSH! It will all come flowing out. This is happening now. If you heard about the death of Cecil the Lion, if you’ve been a part of the worldwide discussion on animal endangerment, animal rights, green energy, and the like then you know that the well-being of the planetary body is of the essence right now.
Therefore, we celebrate with Portland Oregon as they add one more river to the ocean of transformation in their implementation of city water pipes designed to harness electricity at absolutely no harm to pachamama. Lucid Energy is a Portland based energy company who has designed a brilliant mechanism which they have installed in city water pipes. Small turbines are installed which send the energy collected from the force of flowing water into a power generator to be harvested for other use.
“It’s pretty rare tofind a new source of energy where there’s no environmental impact. But this isinside a pipe, so no fish or endangered species are impacted. That’s what’s exciting,” Gregg Semler, CEO of Lucid Energy, said in a statement.
“We have a project in Riverside, California, where they’re using it to power streetlights at night.During the day, when electricity prices are high, they can use it to offset some of their operating costs,” Semler says.
This exciting new initiative has already been installed in Portland where the power is being dispersed to provide electricity for various public spaces throughout the city.This form of green energy is even more efficient than other renewables because the pipes harness power 24-7 regardless of weather.
“We made electrical infrastructure really smart over the last 20 to 25 years, but the same hasn’t happened in water. They didn’t really know that thepipe burst until somebody from UCLA called. Our pipe can get indicators like pressure,a leading indicator for whether a pipe is leaking or not. So before it burst sand before we waste all the water, there are onboard information systems that water agencies can get to more precisely manage their infrastructure,” Semler said.