Thread Rating:
  • 0 Vote(s) - 0 Average
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Backpack Hydroelectric Plant Gives You 500 Watts on the Move
03-01-2010, 10:07 PM,
Backpack Hydroelectric Plant Gives You 500 Watts on the Move

Backpack Hydroelectric Plant Gives You 500 Watts on the Move

* By Alexis Madrigal Email Author
* March 1, 2010 |
* 3:57 pm |
* Categories: Energy

wmspp1A human-portable hydroelectric generator that weighs about 30 pounds and generates 500 watts of power may soon be a new option for off-grid power.

Developed by Mailbu’s Bourne Energy, the Backpack Power Plant can create clean, quiet power from any stream deeper than four feet.

The company announced a new, more rugged militarized version of the Backpack Power Plant at the Cleantech Forum in San Francisco last week. Bourne Energy CEO, Chris Catlin, estimates the system will cost $3,000 after it goes into production.

“The BPP-2, which operates silently with no heat or exhaust emissions, is 40 percent less visible during operation and can also be bottom mounted to be totally invisible,” the company maintains.

Off-grid solar cells are also quiet, but they don’t make much power relative to the mini-turbine. For example, one commercially available foldable solar panel measures about 12 square feet and produces 62 watts of peak power. You’d need 60 square feet of panels to get the same peak power as the BPP-2 and the panels would only generate electricity while the sun was shining.

To install the civilian BPP, you would dig two trenches on opposite sides of a river and insert a lightweight anchor. Then, you’d run a synthetic rope between the anchors and the BPP. Catlin said they’d designed the system to work like the high-tension mooring systems that hold up floating oil rigs.

The militarized version of the BPP has been designed to work with a variety of flow rates. The civilian version was designed to function best in streams moving at 2.3 meters (7.5 feet) per second.

The civilian market for a $3,000 mini hydro system might not be huge in the industrialized world, but Catlin hopes the plant will find willing customers in developing nations and the military.

“This can bring a cheap, highly portable energy technology to remote areas and remote villages,” Catlin told

Bourne is currently looking for $4 million in venture capital to take the BPP from prototype to production.
[Image: conspiracy_theory.jpg]

Possibly Related Threads...
Thread Author Replies Views Last Post
  plant operator says radioactivity in water at reactor No. 2 10 million times usual le pinkfloyd 0 1,005 03-27-2011, 01:17 PM
Last Post: pinkfloyd
  At a crime scene, is DNA now easier to plant than fingerprints? solar 12 5,738 10-14-2010, 11:26 PM
Last Post: JazzRoc
  Stephen Hawking: mankind must move to outer space within a century TriWooOx 1 1,432 08-11-2010, 02:45 PM
Last Post: JazzRoc
  Tritium Hot Zone Expands Around Vermont Nuclear Plant h3rm35 0 1,157 02-10-2010, 01:45 AM
Last Post: h3rm35
  Researchers import light response trait from plant cells to mammalian cells --- 0 1,063 09-22-2009, 03:23 AM
Last Post: ---
  India's space odyssey: Moon dreams move east --- 1 1,019 07-20-2009, 07:53 PM
Last Post: ---
  Coal Plant Ban May Not Curb Climate Change --- 8 2,015 07-08-2009, 10:05 AM
Last Post: JazzRoc
  Flying saucer that can plant explosives or bugs set for frontline TriWooOx 1 1,021 08-15-2008, 09:25 PM
Last Post: Easy Skanking
  Scientists Move A Step Closer To Being Able To Make Objects Invisible waxzy 3 1,259 06-12-2007, 05:36 AM
Last Post: hilly7
  Canada Announces Monster Solar Plant waxzy 1 895 04-28-2007, 07:57 PM
Last Post: TeslaandLyne

Forum Jump:

Users browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)