The Western Hemisphere Information Exchange Project for 2006 was designed to demonstrate micro-hydro turbine technology for remote, isolated outposts and was conducted in Peru. The contract began in September ’06 and was completed in April ’08. The main goals of this project were:
- Conduct two assessments of micro hydro power systems that can support military garrison energy requirements and operations in the Southern Command area of responsibility. The project will demonstrate one system capable of generating 10kW and two, 2kW systems.
- Foster a beneficial exchange of information related to the use of hydro power systems between the United States Army and other militaries of the Western Hemisphere.
Designed as depicted in the sketch at the left top, the system takes water from a stream or river uphill from the projected location, distributes the water through a “race” to the powerhouse where the micro-Hydro turbines are installed. The flow/pressure differential drives the turbines producing the required energy.
The photo to the left depicts a micro-Hydro turbine system similar to the one that will be installed in Peru in the spring of 2008.
The 2kW system is designed to provide enough electrical power to meet the communications, lighting and small battery recharging (radios, computers, etc.) needs of an infantry squad (approximately 12-15 personnel). Each unit is equipped with two micro-turbines that allow operation in situations of low-head (elevation changes of 6 ft) or high-head (elevation changes above 50 ft) and is fully containerized for easy vehicle transportation.
Upon completion and successful demonstration of the technology in the summer of 2008, the Applied Research Center hosted a working seminar for Peruvian government officials in the Ministries of Energy and Defense, as well as for local universities, other government officials, private companies, individuals, and nonprofit organizations to discuss the use of renewable energy technology in Peru.