Idénergie is the first company to provide individuals with a solution to easily harness energy from the natural flow of the river. The portable river turbine will join existing renewable technologies by providing the most reliable source of green energy. Finally a solution that works, is easy to use, is dismountable and can reach the most remote location of our planet. This product that is part of the solution to bring electricity to some of the 1.4 billion people without electricity in Africa, India, Amazonia, Asia.

After completing multiple evolving prototypes, the product is ready, the final prototype is currently powering the electrical appliances of an isolated cabin near Montreal, Canada. An image, better a video, is worth a thousand words:

The river turbine is a breakthrough in renewable energy. It is highly efficient and able to harness the energy available in rivers like never before, without the need for a significant altitude differential or a modification of the natural flow of the river. Equipped with unique technologies developed by Idénergie, it is composed of two Darrieus turbines, assembled to a 100% waterproof generator and a smart electric converter. Only an image, even better a video, can represent the innovation at the core of Idénergie:

It is designed mainly from aluminum, is dismountable (fit in a small box), is easy to transport in remote locations, is easy to install, is durable and effective. It requires little maintenance thanks to its simplicity and components are easily replaceable. Multiple turbines can be connected in an array and installed in less than 24hr and can provide a small village with ample power for a clinic, community center or other useful applications.

Objectives and beneficiaries

50% of the world’s population lives within 3km of a river. The company plans to focus on industrialized countries first and, in the midterm, on developing countries, where a real upside exists.

Beyond its electrical production, the turbine could be used for fields irrigation (reducing hunger) allow the use of insecticides connected to the current housing (reduction of malaria cases) or allow the installation of a water purification system. Residential installations of solar panels and wind turbines represent a growing market of more than 2 billion dollars.

The company has developed a product that will respond to the needs of our customers and built the foundation upon which the business will be able to expand rapidly in the upcoming years.

Strong points of the practice

Our turbine is the only water driven technology that meets the energy needs of a house or small community from a slow water velocity current. It’s portable, economical, efficient, easy to install & to ship worldwide. The fifteen-year total cost of our turbine is similar, and sometimes even better, to solar panels, established technology since 30 years, because we need fewer batteries (that have to be replaced every 5 years) and because we produced 24 hours a day.

The river turbine provides the same amount of electricity that 4 to 10 solar panels can produce. It is competitive to this well established technology even when the river flows at low velocity and becomes very interesting at higher velocities. It provides a constant source of electricity, 24 hours a day, a huge competitive advantage over solar panels and wind turbines.

The Company invented a shaftless generator providing a 100% waterproof encasing for the electrical components. A highly efficient generator combined to a smart electronic converter that allows for the control of the turbine at all time in order to gain the most power production, a significant competitive advantage over future potential competitors.

Expected results and benefits for climate change adaptation and mitigation

The expected results are numerous:

1) Provide electricity to people living remotely and alleviate Energy Poverty.
2) In industrialized countries, more than one million residences are not connected to the national energy grid. Many owners seek to replace their gas generators by more economical and ecological alternatives.

Replicability potential of the practice

Easy to replicate with local partners and train to install the turbine.