Idénergie is currently experiencing a period of great international exposure. Videos of its river turbine have been seen millions of time on social media. Its technology has also sparked the interest of numerous business media sites and blogs from many parts of the world.
For instance, the Idénergie river turbine appeared on This Is Brainy, a Facebook page with 1.2 million followers worldwide. Their video has already been viewed over 15 million times.
Sites such as Business Insider and Digital Trends, which reaches 25 million users every month, have published articles about the technology. The river turbine also drew the attention of a number of blogs from France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Turkey and the United States. A non-exhaustive list of these websites may be found below.
According to data gathered by Idénergie over the past few weeks, the dozen-strong team has received about 550 information requests over five weeks, originating from 87 different countries. Talks are ongoing towards the establishment of international partnerships.
“The exceptional exposure we have been experiencing is very encouraging and confirms that our technology has great potential. Exports will help grow Quebec’s economy, and overseas as well, since many countries need energy to support their economic development. We are currently actively seeking partners to assist us with our commercialization efforts.”, said Idénergie CEO Pierre Blanchet.
Idénergie now hopes to adapt power electronics platform developed for the turbine to produce a new generation of solar converters. For those interested in joining our adventure, we also offer investment opportunities in this promising sector.
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OTHER WIDELY VIEWED VIDEOS
The website neozone.org, “a blog run by fans, for fans” that shares many tips and tricks on various topics such as innovation, art and design as well as music and movies first approached Idénergie to share content on the river turbine. Their video has quickly reached 1.5 million views on their Facebook page.
Interesting Engineering, a magazine specializing in engineering and technology, that connects approximately 7 million people, also relayed the information. The video, viewed millions times so far and shared tens of thousands of times, is stirring the enthusiasm of many curious users.
GI Gadgets (Genius Inspired Gadgets) is a social media platform about future technology branding itself as one where “fans have the final say”. Their video already has over 8 million views.
TheLADbible is a website with a reach of 150 million users a week. It too shared a very popular video:
Facebook page 5-Minute Crafts, with close to 20 million followers, also shared the technology, with a video viewed nearly 1,5 million times.
NON-EXHAUSTIVE LIST OF WEBSITES FEATURING THE TURBINE INTERNATIONALLY
Money Inc, 12/2/2016
Digital Trend, 11/28/2016
Yahoo News, 11/28/2016
Business Insider, 11/24/2016
Gi Gadgets, 12/03/2016
Wide Open Spaces, 11/27/2016
Interesting Engineering, 11/18/2016
Money Inc, 12/2/2016
Daily Geek Show, 12/06/2016
It’s For Home, 12/09/2016
Rockets Are Cool (via Rockets Are Cool on Facebook)
Rockets Are Cool (via Facebook), 12/04/2016
Vivre à la campagne, 11/30/2016
Eco News, 11/13/2016
Kayla Byrne, from the Jasper Fitzhugh newspaper wrote an interesting article that sums up what we did last summer.
(This article is reproduced here with the kind permission of the author.)
Formerly known as an off-grid campsite, visitors might be in for a surprise next time they head to Jasper’s Whirlpool Campground.
Thanks to the powerful current of the Whirlpool River and a newly installed river turbine, campers will now be able to cook under a light after the sun goes down and charge their electronic devices.
“It’s very basic services providing a little LED lighting and a place where people can charge their phones,” said Steve Blake, special projects coordinator for Parks Canada. “What’s really nice is that this project doesn’t require any pipes or dams.”
Through the federal government’s Build in Canada Innovation Program, Parks Canada and Idénergie, a Quebec-based electric company, teamed up to install several river turbines throughout Canada’s mountain parks as part of a larger pilot project.
Since 2015, the two partners have been working together to find the best places to install the turbines. In Jasper they assessed, Snaring, Kerkeslin, Jonas, and areas around Sunwapta, Maligne Lake and Whirlpool Campground before picking two locations–Whirlpool Campground and the HI-Athabasca Falls Wilderness Hostel.
“All the sites were evaluated through Parks Canada’s impact assessment process. We really looked at all the elements—visitor experience, ecological values and practicality,” Blake said. “Snaring, for example, had good flow, but it was really far away from where we needed power…it just wasn’t practical.”
He said the hostel was also chosen because it already uses alternative energy sources.
“We’ve partnered with Hosteling International because they already have solar systems at Athabasca Falls—we’ve just plugged a turbine into their existing system,” said Blake.
River turbines have also been installed at campgrounds in Banff and Kootenay National Parks.
At Whirlpool Campground, the spinning hydrokinetic turbine is attached to rocks at the bottom of the river by a single anchor, however, there is also a back-up anchor in case the first lets go. The turbine uses the river’s current to produce electricity, which is then run through a submarine cable to a small cabin. The cabin is open to all campsite users and is also equipped with picnic tables and a wood stove.
“So basically now people don’t have to fire up their lanterns if they want to cook or use the cabin after the sun goes down,” Blake said.
According to Blake, the turbine can produce between four to 10 kWh a day—the equivalent of six solar panels.
“It’s nice because it doesn’t generate emissions and it generates power around the clock whereas solar panels need that sun,” Blake said.
The turbine sits on a stand in the river and takes up about half of a square metre. While there is a sign warning river users to not get too close to the turbine, Blake said he doesn’t expect the turbine—which is also clearly marked with several orange buoys—to pose any risks.
“If you’re in a kayak you could even paddle right over it,” said Blake, adding that the turbine also doesn’t pose any threat to the river’s fish population. “Fish are like anything else—they instinctually avoid harm. Also, in a river like Whirlpool there’s lots of space—fish can swim around very easily.”
According to Idénergie, 98 per cent of the fish will avoid the turbine. Of the two per cent of fish that do end up entering the turbine, more than 90 per cent have no injuries at all.
An emergency stop button has also been installed for extra safety precautions.
The pilot-project will come to a close at the end of the year, but Blake is confident the turbines are here to stay.
“It’s my full expectation that Parks Canada will deploy these at various locations just to provide some of those basic services,” Blake said.
At the end of the camping season, the turbines will be plucked out of the rivers and re-installed at the beginning of each camping season, extending the longevity of the equipment.
Each river turbine costs about $10,000. The Build in Canada Innovation Program funded the turbines as a part of the pilot-project.
Jill Seaton, chair of the Jasper Environmental Association, said she had no issues with the turbines themselves, but was concerned how lights outside of the townsite might affect Jasper’s dark sky status.
“The turbines don’t sound too bad at all. I just don’t want to see this get bigger and spread down the Parkway,” Seaton said.
Blake assured the minimal LED lights that have been installed will not affect Jasper’s dark sky status.
“We’re not trying to make remarkable changes to the national parks or to the camping experience,” Blake said. “We’re just adding some very basic services.”
A delegation of mayors of communes in Cameroon visited Idénergie on November 9, 2016. We discussed the challenges of electrification in Cameroon and the potential contribution of Idenergie to these communities. Pierre Blanchet, CEO, first carried out an initial assessment of the company’s activities, followed by a visit to Idénergie’s assembly workshop. The first machines were deployed in Alberta in the summer of 2016 and an installation including solar panels and a generator was installed at an off-grid site in Northern Canada.
Systems to reduce off-grid gasoline consumption
The problem with off-grid locations is that transportation costs are very expensive. “We will leave as little room as possible for the generators in the design of our systems to save on money usually spent on fuel transportation,” Pierre Blanchet explained. A generator can be integrated into the systems and set to automatically start only during energy consumption peaks or low battery state of charge. Various combinations of renewable energy systems were presented to the delegation to this end.
A river turbine: no civil works, no dam
Mayors then visited Idénergie’s assembly workshop in Montreal. Gilles Trottier, head of the mechanical engineering department, presented the main assembly steps of the turbine.
“Everything was done to make things simple”, he said. Even though the interior of the generator remains a little more complex, the assembly was designed to allow for a quick installation in a river with only a few tools. The length of the blades can also be adjusted in order to get more power if needed. The hydro-turbine is taken into the river by means of a transportation device, and is then anchored to a rock using a steel cable. A new stand has also recently been designed to improve stability.
Last stop: the electric lab
Idénergie strives to be at the forefront of power electronics technology, making the electrical lab is an unavoidable stop to get an idea of the company’s latest research and development activities. Pierre Blanchet then outlined his vision for Idénergie’s development: adapting the technology of the river turbine to the field of smart solar converters and “smart grids”, networks that use digital communications to detect and react to power fluctuations.
This visit will be concluded by individual meetings to answer communities’ more specific questions.
Idénergie sent its president Mr. Pierre Blanchet to India last week to participate to the Canadian trade mission accompanying the Canadian Minister of Energy, the Honorable James Gordon Carr. This mission took place in conjunction with the Renewable Energy India Expo in New Delhi, where all of the world’s renewable energy companies met.
The trip then continued with several receptions, including the Canadian Embassy and the summit of the Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai. Among the formal meetings, we had the opportunity to present our innovations to India’s Minister of Energy, the Honorable Piyush Goyal. This one liked the potential of our machine and indicated that the price would be the differentiating factor in India.
To this end, the second part of the trip consisted of exploring with Tata power the possibilities of deploying technology in India. We visited, among others, potential manufacturers such as a subcontractor of Tata in the field of electric motors, to explore the manufacturing of our units in India for the Asian market. Then we visited a potential site for a demonstration in an evacuation canal of the Bhira hydroelectric plant.
The team is looking forward to a demonstration that will attract interested parties and increase interest in this technology in India. To be continued in 2017 …
La signature du contrat ainsi que la commande des 10 hydroliennes Idénergie par Parcs Canada fait la une dans le Calgary Herald. Cliquez ici pour en savoir plus.
The installation of 10 Idénergie river turbines in the Jasper park in the Canadian Rocky Mountain is featured in a local newspaper Fitzhug Jasper. Click here to read all about it.
In order to curb global warming, research and innovation must be put foward. Idénergie’s river turbine featured in L’Actualité as one of the technology that can contribute in remplacing the use of oil, coal and gaz. Click here to read all about it.
Montreal based, Idénergie, plans to install ten river turbines in the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks in Alberta and British Columbia starting in the spring of 2016, particularly in Jasper and Banff parks. You will find more information on the NOVAE blog post! Click here to read all about it.
” On this planet, thousands of people are still without power, especially in remote rural areas. So, here and there, scientists are looking for solutions. This (the river turbine), for example, might be the solution for thousands of villages without power located along the rivers. This could be a revolution. ” Click here to read all about it.