Access to electricity and safe drinking water is a fundamental human right, yet over 1.2 billion people worldwide lack access to these basic resources. The problem is particularly acute in sub-Saharan Africa, where over half of the population lacks access to electricity, and more than one in four people lack access to safe drinking water.
“Many rural areas are located far from existing power infrastructure, making it costly and logistically challenging to connect them to the grid. As a result, innovative and scalable solutions are critical in addressing these fundamental challenges,” explains Jensen.
Alpha Energy delivers a small, portable hydropower plant for bringing electricity to rural areas. This micro power plant utilises turbines and ejectors to generate green electricity in areas near water sources.
The compact plant is easy to set up and maintain, making it ideal for remote areas and for disaster response. It can be pre-installed in a 20-ft container, transported to the site and put into operation within a few days.
The plant can be used alone to produce power or combined with a water purification system featuring ozone, filtration and reverse osmosis technologies to provide clean water to local communities. The water purification system runs on energy generated by the turbine itself.
Moreover, low energy consumption enables the plant to operate on solar energy and other alternative energy sources, in addition to hydropower.
Alpha Energy’s micro power plant has the potential to produce about 44 000 kWh per year, more than a conventional turbine with equivalent parameters.
“The system’s benefits include its compact size, modularity and CO2 reduction, as well as power generation and storage capabilities. Additionally, due to minimal moving parts, the system requires very little maintenance, while providing the same uptime as a connected facility,” explains Jensen.
The micro power plant technology is highly versatile, making it well-suited for a range of industrial applications, such as cooling water/firewater systems on ships and platforms, district heating systems, food processing and land-based fish farms. It can be located anywhere there is a flow or circulation of water, gas or liquid under pressure (bar).
As the impact of climate change intensifies the risk of humanitarian crises, such as energy and water insecurity, the demand for reliable power supply will continue to increase.
"The global market for small-scale renewable energy systems is projected to reach USD 26 billion by 2025. Alpha Energy is well positioned to capture a significant share of this market with its innovative and eco-friendly micro power plant,” says Jensen.
Alpha Energy is an environmental engineering company founded in 2015. The company’s micro power plant has already been tested and proven effective for use in maritime industries. All of its installations are EX-certified where required.
6. Clean water and sanitation
Alpha Energy’s water purification system provides access to clean water in remote areas.
7. Affordable and clean energy
Alpha Energy’s off-grid micro-power plant produces renewable energy at a fixed cost.
9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure
Alpha Energy’s micro power plant can help to build resilient infrastructure in rural areas.