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Deep River mobile hydropower plants for off-grid areas

Published 23 Nov 2022 (updated 29 Apr 2024) · 2 min read

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  • Small plug-and-play, off-grid hydropower plants
  • Renewable energy based on river currents and waterfalls
  • Quickly and easily installed in disaster zones and remote locations

Deep River’s hydropower plant technology provides electricity generated from river currents and waterfalls to small, off-grid communities.

An estimated 1.2 billion people live without electricity due to lack of infrastructure and unreliable electricity sources. New, efficient renewable energy solutions are needed to meet the growing worldwide demand for electricity.

In Europe alone, over 26 000 sites are well suited for mini hydropower generation (<1MW), but are unutilised due in part to poor accessibility and inadequate technologies. Maximising the power production potential of these sites could help individuals and rural communities in Europe and developing countries to generate clean and reliable off-grid electricity.

Easily installed small hydropower plants

Deep River has developed two hydropower plants for generating electricity from river currents and waterfalls, based on its redesigned Kaplan turbine and synchronous magnet generator technology. The patented DROP & GO is Euro pallet-mounted and can meet micro (<100 kW) electricity demands. The PLUG & GO is container-based and can meet mini (<1MW) electricity demands. The plants can produce current effects up to 600 kW, depending on the diameter of the inflow tube and the flow rate and head/height of the waterfall. Both plants feature a power hub for power storage and conversion.

DROP & GO and PLUG & GO are small and can be easily installed in less than a week, requiring only anchoring and no additional construction. The plants are ideal for disaster zones and other areas that are difficult to access, but where off-grid power is needed immediately. PLUG & GO could potentially power up to 1 350 households annually.

Deep River’s hydropower plants are easy to install.

Concrete benefits

The power hub and plug-and-play capability of Deep River’s hydropower plants differentiate them from other solutions on the market. The plants are also competitively priced and are built from high-quality components, requiring minimal maintenance over the course of their 15-year life expectancy.

Due to their small size and light weight, Deep River’s hydropower plants can be installed in locations where other solutions are unfeasible. This provides a unique opportunity for growth in the decentralised mini hydropower market.

Illustration of a Deep River hydropower plant in context.

Market potential

Global power demand is projected to increase by 60 per cent by 2040.

In 2016, hydropower generated 16.4 per cent of the world’s electricity from all sources combined, with 1 064 GW of installed capacity. Overall hydropower capacity is expected to increase by 125 GW by 2023. Rough estimates indicate that there is 10 000 TWh/year of available unutilised hydropower potential worldwide.

Deep River AS
Deep River has received funding for the HYDROGO project under Horizon 2020’s SME instrument phase 1.

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