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Portland Is Now Sourcing Hydropower From Its Drinking Water

By Koty Neelis

The show Portlandia might poke fun at the progressive politics of Portland but the city's forward-thinking ways are creating major benefits for the people that live there. 

Portland residents may soon find their energy source powered by their drinking water thanks to Portland based startup, Lucid Energy, that has designed a new system to generate electricity from turbines installed in city water pipes.

The city of Portland replaced an area of its current water supply network with Lucid Energy pipes containing four forty-two inch turbines. The way the turbines work is by spinning as water passes through them, converting excess head pressure into electricity. Multiple turbines can be mounted in series, one after the other, to maximize energy output.