REDC helps developed nations reduce energy consumption and generate reliable, carbon-free energy for a low up-front-cost. REDC utilizes already in-place infrastructure to capture untapped, wasted, clean energy. Dams, canals, water distribution, water collection, storm drains, bridges, locks, and high-rise buildings possess untapped energy and allow investors to make smart investments. The in-place infrastructure is the key element that allows REDC to disrupt the traditional hydropower business model. In-place infrastructure has already gone through an environmental impact study and by REDC simply making the permitted infrastructure more energy efficient the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) offers an exemption to the lengthy licensing process called a Conduit Exemption (H.R.267 H.R. 678). Reducing the upfront costs associated with infrastructure development and permitting create win, win, win energy investments.
Helping aging infrastructure evolve into income producing infrastructure has enormous benefits. The low-cost hydropower is predictable and reliable for the grid. In many instances it provides carbon-free electricity 24 hours a day, thus reducing payback periods for clean energy investors and spurring investments into a 21st century hydropower industry. The revived industry provides jobs for a already educated and trained skilled workforce; the new jobs provide family wage paying jobs, stimulate economies in urban and rural environments and the low-cost projects create an infrastructure hydropower ‘boom’ and the middle-class benefits.
Dams-In the United States some 75,000 dams exist (Army Corps of Engineers National Inventory of Dams), less than 3,000 are licensed to generate electricity. A majority of the already in-place dams are for flood control. Without the dams many cities and agriculture farmlands would be subject to flooding during heavy downpours. Since the flow of the water is already being controlled we can tap into this wasted clean energy with REDC’s environmentally friendly Hydrokinetic In-flow Prime Mover at strategic locations to make the infrastructure more energy efficient while providing reliable, carbon-free energy at a low-cost.
Locks-Locking systems possess untapped energy as lock reservoirs fill and empty.
Overflow spillways of lock systems possess wasted and untapped potential energy as well, for instance Seattle’s Ballard Locks (consumes the most electricity for lock systems in the United States) has the potential of becoming a Net 0 facility by strategically placing REDC’s environmentally friendly Hydrokinetic In-flow Prime Mover at various locations throughout the facility.
Canals-Canals used for transporting water for irrigation possess wasted and untapped reliable energy. REDC’s environmentally friendly Hydrokinetic In-flow Prime Movers are placed throughout the canal to capture the hydrokinetic energy, turning it into mechanical energy and then usable carbon-free energy.
Bridges-REDC’s environmentally friendly Hydrokinetic In-flow Prime Mover can harness the hydrokinetic energy of flowing rivers and convert it into mechanical energy in urban environments. The smart investments help clean energy investment groups reduce payback periods due to locating REDC’s technology in the backyards of the end use customer verses traditional practices which generate in rural environments and transport the converted electricity through expensive transmission infrastructure to the end use customer.
Water Distribution Facilities-Gravity-fed water distribution facilities access clean water from high altitude dams. The difference between the high elevation dam and the lower elevation city creates excess water pressure in pipes, the excess pressure is reduced by pressure reducing valves (PRV’s), thus wasting potentially exploitable, predictable, carbon-free energy.
Water Collection Facilities-After water distribution customers receive fresh water, the water makes its second journey during peak hours and travels down-hill again to water collection facilities as grey water. Along the way energy can be captured to produce electricity when it’s needed most. Water collection and water distribution facilities can reduce overhead costs by tapping into already available energy.REDC places our Hydrokinetic In-flow Prime Mover and off-the-shelf technologies at strategic locations in order to make water distribution and water collection infrastructure more energy efficient.
Storm Drain Power-Urban environments possess large amounts of concrete preventing large portions of water from being absorbed into the ground. Large volumes of water enter storm drain infrastructure underground and the dense heavy water makes its journey downward to its exit point. Along the way the kinetic energy of the flowing water can be converted into usable carbon-free electricity in some cities. For example; the city of Seattle Washington is built on seven hills ranging from 300 Ft. to 700 Ft. above sea level. With an average of 40 inches of rain per year and a city limit of 53,000 acres, the down-hill flowing water can produce carbon-free energy and generate new revenue streams for infrastructure owners.
High-Rise Buildings- While utilities provide water at constant pressure, this pressure may be insufficient to supply water to the tops of buildings. Some high-rise buildings use a gravity-fed water distribution system, where water is pumped to the top of buildings, as customers use the water, it falls, increases in pressure due to the elevation change and pressure reducing valves are used regulate the water pressure on selected floors. These gravity-fed water delivery systems possess wasted an untapped clean energy.
Stored Energy-Pumped energy storage is one of, if not the most cost effective ways to store energy. REDC uses its environmentally friendly Hydrokinetic Prime Mover in rivers to pump water up-hill for storage 24 hours a day. Smaller volumes of fresh or salt water are pumped up-hill and larger volumes of water are released down-hill during peak hours to generate carbon-free electricity on demand.Dam Efficient –Using the stored energy philosophy, REDC helps dams become more efficient. Our environmentally friendly REDC Hydrokinetic Prime Movers are placed behind dams. Hydrokinetic energy is converted into mechanical energy and water is pumped up and into the dam’s reservoir for usage again. REDC’s innovative environmentally friendly clean energy technology helps the in-place dam create new revenue streams, improves efficiency, and helps dams conserve water when preparing for droughts, while still delivering the required electricity to its customers.
Renewable Energy Credit (REC) – RECs are generated when one megawatt hour of renewable electricity generated. The REC is sold to entities wanting to off-set their carbon-footprint in 2 year or more blocks. The program allows the client to advertise that the entity is in compliance with mandated laws or is green (for the contracted period). All of our clean energy sites are monitored by data collectors and information such as kilowatt hours generated, kilowatt hours saved and green house gas reductions allow us to collect and provide accurate information for our clients.
Energy efficiency Credit (EEC) – EECs operate the same way as RECs. For every megawatt hour saved, 1 EEC is generated. Entities purchase EECs in 2 year or more blocks in advance at a discounted rate or after our clean energy projects are completed for the current retail price. Offering the EECs at a discounted rate before projects break ground help reduce the upfront financing costs for investors and allow those wanting to offset their carbon-footprints a low-cost solution. The volunteer REC and EEC program helps reduce payback periods further for investors, rewards investors for being stewards of the environment and creates new green collar jobs.