Based in Belgium, this startup creates micro hydropower plants that generate affordable, clean and reliable energy without hurting local ecosystems. Turbulent is a new venture in sustainable energy production that is "inspired by nature and delivers clean and decentralized energy to everyone at a low cost, without harming local environments." The international company also has a presence in Australia and Chile.
Turbulent's simple whirlpool turbine construction is friendly to fish and is able to produce 24/7 electricity for remote areas. The generators rely on a constant flow of water, which could prove problematic in the event the water source freezes over. With minimal maintenance costs and easy installation, the micro hydropower plants address existing problems caused by dams.
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