REDC is a leader in clean energy innovation. We tackle some of the world’s most difficult problems society faces today. Our technologies help reduce childhood mortality, malnutrition, carbon in our atmosphere, poverty and unsafe drinking water
REDC conducts research and development on some of the world’s most pressing issues today. Through this process new sustainable energy technologies are invented, tested, then tested more rigorously in the field or at a national laboratory. We manufacture our products in the Unites States and they are distributed world-wide.
REDC Utilizes Two Technologies to Solve Issues
All renewable energy development sites should go through a feasibility study period before development unless the technology is a one size fits all. When developing a Sustainable Energy Hydrokinetic Site that produces clean energy 24 hours a day in a river current or tidal power setting, the permitting process is a very long and an expensive part of the up-front development costs. To generate electricity in the United States and put that electricity into the grid the owner must go through a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Permitting process. Permitting alone can take 10 years or more, this adds to the up-front costs, increases payback periods and reduces returns on investments for investors. Some industrial river and tidal applications still make financial sense even with long permitting timelines. The Fetters Hydrokinetic Turbine is REDC’s Hydrokinetic Prime Mover and it is used to pump water for energy storage, irrigation or generate carbon-free electricity on shore, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Our technology is moored to the floor of the river bed and the water current forces REDC’s Hydrokinetic Prime Mover to convert hydrokinetic energy into mechanical energy (rotating shaft).
Water current is forced up and away from the collapsed returning buckets by the fender. Water is forced downwards into the face of buckets as they enter the flow of the current. Once in the flow, buckets are forced backwards. The buckets are connected to a truck (think skate board), which glides on rollers inside of a U shaped track. The rollers and track help stabilize the system when in underwater environments. The connected chain rotates the sprockets, which rotate a set of gears and shaft at high speed.
Twenty four hours a day, 365 days a year, REDC’s Hydrokinetic Prime Mover can operate in underwater river and tidal environments with very low impact. REDC’s technology operates in a high torque, slow moving process. When aquatic species are near the technology it is not possible for them to be injured. Unlike other technologies that operate in an axial motion. Below are three styles of hydrokinetic technologies that operate in an axial motion.
Along the west coast of the United States of America, salmon are born in the mountain streams and they travel to the ocean by way of some of America’s most beautiful rivers in the world. The salmon grow in the ocean for approximately 3 to 4 years and they travel back to those same rivers where they were born. These fish migrate together in large numbers and axial flow hydrokinetic systems placed in rivers could injure migrating salmon. When placing axial style hydrokinetic systems in tidal power applications, caution should be taken for orcas that often travel with newborns through areas where tidal currents are strong. REDC designed our slow moving hydrokinetic technology to be friendly to salmon, orcas or any other aquatic species when introducing our technology to rivers and tides.
REDC’s Hydrokinetic Prime Mover is also designed to be debris friendly. When a hydrokinetic technology is introduced to a river or tidal power setting, debris is a major problem. When located in a river setting debris can wreck a hydrokinetic axial style system. Our competitors must remove their technologies during fall and winter months in Alaska and Maine. In Alaska and Maine ice chunks prohibit axial flow systems from operating year round. Logs, rocks, sand, silt, ice chunks and sticks do not impact the operation of REDC’s Hydrokinetic Prime Mover. Our technology is designed to specifically to operate in harsh underwater environments. It is not impacted by debris and does not need to be removed from river settings in the fall and winter months, thus allowing REDC the ability to produce base load carbon-free energy year round in remote areas of Alaska unlike our competitors. Hundreds of communities throughout Alaska and Maine (See Detailed Market Research Report) rely on diesel generators for electricity. When introducing REDC’s Hydrokinetic Prime Mover into river communities in Alaska, we can supply their Micro-grids with base load, 24 hour, carbon-free electricity, 365 days a year, at a lower price per Kilowatt Hour versus diesel fuel prices.
In REDC’s Market Research Report it is well documented that in Alaska, Hawaii, Main, Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands, that there is a huge need for hydrokinetic energy generation. Most are powered by diesel generators or hybrid (Diesel and another energy source such as wind or solar) systems and communities pay as much as $1.00 per Kilowatt hour for electricity. As populations increase the industry is expanding and more black particulate matter (byproduct of diesel fuel) is pumped into our atmosphere. Initiatives like the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Powering Africa (Microgrids) have plans to pump trillions of USD into these initiatives by add the year 2030.
The United States has thousands of rivers that possess massive amounts of hydrokinetic energy. These rivers are located in rural and urban environments. They are virtually untapped and flow through almost every major city in the United States. The Department of Energy estimates that River Current can provide a whopping 1,381 Terawatts of sustainable electricity per year.
Proof of Concept Prototype
H.R. 267 Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013 passed with unanimous, bipartisan support (422-0). When generating electricity by the way of already-in-place infrastructure such as water piping and water canals, FERC will issue a “speedy permit” for conduit projects that generates less than 5 megawatts of electricity.
Investing into America’s Infrastructure
When investing into clean energy projects that utilize already-in-place infrastructure, speedy FERC permits help reduce the up-front development costs, reduce payback periods and increase returns on investments for investors. When infrastructure is already-in-place development costs are reduced drastically.
REDC’s Hydrokinetic Prime Mover is adaptable to water piping infrastructure, storm drains, and irrigation canals. Custom designed and manufactured by REDC in the United States and installed by our industry partners McLaren Engineering Group
McLaren Engineering Group is a leader in industrial construction. They employ over 200 people in 11 offices, serving 10 key markets. They are licensed in 49 states, and have completed over 15,000 projects from concept, to design, to inspection and construction management. McLaren provides REDC with Regulatory Approvals, Site/Civil Engineering Design, Structural Engineering Design, Mechanical Engineering Design and Marine Engineering Design when and if needed. McLaren also provides REDC with Site Assessment and Acquisition.
Together REDC and McLaren offer our clients 21st century sustainable energy investment opportunities at the industrial scale from water to wire. The market is virtually untapped; REDC is the manufacturer, a Federal Contractor 078721535 / 6WWS2 and McLaren Engineering Group has the staff, experience, qualifications for implementation, working knowledge of clean energy development projects and Hydropower Regulatory Services Llc. handles all of REDC’s permitting and / or regulatory issues. We offer our clients the whole package for our clients from water to wire.
Who are our clients? The Army Corps Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation, Bonneville Power Administration and Tennessee Valley Authority, public utility districts, municipalities, private owners and investor owned utilities are our customers. We help them reduce infrastructure overhead costs for taxpayers or owners by way of capturing otherwise wasted energy and turning it into usable sustainable electricity (or $).
REDC’s Already-In-Place Infrastructure
- Storm Drains
- Irrigation Canals
- Water Distribution Facilities
- Water Collection Facilities
REDC conducts feasibility studies on our client’s infrastructure. We strategically introduce REDC’s sustainable energy technology at locations that do not impede customer service (ever), but captures wasted energy and turns it into usable carbon-free electricity for our customers.
REDC Stored Energy
Approximately 80,000 dams exist in the United States. Three thousand are licensed to generate electricity by FERC. REDC’s Hydrokinetic Prime Mover is placed behind the dam. The hydrokinetic energy is converted into mechanical energy and water is pumped in front of the dam for reuse again. Our technology makes the dam more energy efficient by capturing waste water for reuse again.
REDC’s Hydrokinetic Prime Mover helps dam owners increase revenue streams annually and generate more base load and peak load carbon-free electricity annually. Utilizing the already-in-place infrastructure (dams) for Pumped Energy Storage is much less expensive than creating a lake at a higher elevation (huge environmental impact study required, the dam already had one completed when erected). Federal Agencies like the Bureau of Reclamation are aware that dams make financial and environmental sense to become giant clean energy batteries for the United States.See: HR 537 Bureau of Reclamation Pumped Storage Hydropower Development Act (2019-2020)
REDC Green Infrastructure
REDC helps our clients obtain Paris Agreement milestones and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Our forward thinking, cutting edge clean energy innovations and applications help REDC lead the Sustainable Energy Industry. Our innovative clean energy technologies and implementations help infrastructure and building owners reduce overhead costs and in some cases brand-new revenue streams are created.
Baltimore, MD – Baltimore, MD has different elevations and underwater storm drains possess wasted energy as water travels underground. When it rains, Baltimore can generate carbon-free electricity. REDC and our industry partners can help the City of Baltimore create new clean energy resources and green collar jobs. Baltimore is home to the I-83 freeway. Alongside the freeway is a gigantic ditch is that is inundated with large volumes of water every time it rains in Baltimore. The City can use its already-in-place infrastructure to generate carbon-free electricity and new revenue streams that the city desperately needs. Baltimore has 50,000 storm-drain inlets and 1,100 miles of storm drain infrastructure.
Seattle, WA- The “Green Emerald” was built on 7 hills ranging from 400 to 700 Ft. above sea level. 60,000 acres of concrete exist and the city averages approximately 40 “ of rain annually. The water travels downhill through storm-drains. REDC’s Hydrokinetic Prime Mover is introduced at strategic locations for energy production. Throughout the city clean carbon-free electricity is produced by tapping into otherwise wasted energy sources.
Ballard Locks in Ballard, WA (just outside Seattle) uses the most electricity in the entire nation when it comes to locks (Vessel passage infrastructure). REDC’s Hydrokinetic Prime Mover was designed for systems exactly like Ballard Locks. When locks fill and empty during vessel passage REDC’s Hydrokinetic Prime Mover captures hydrokinetic energy and turns it into mechanical energy. The technology is friendly to salmon and by-passing aquatic species.
Rural Infrastructure – Johnstons Ridge When Mt. St. Helens erupted on May 18, 1980 a earthen dam was created on Spirit Lake and it began to fill to new depths. Experts worried that if the lake rose above certain levels the new earthen dam would give way and lives would be lost down-stream in Southwest Washington.
The Department of Interior took the lead and the Army Corps of Engineers built the state of the art spillway, which traveled through the heart of a mountain. The relief spillway makes sure the level of Spirit Lake remains at a safe level. A tunnel was bored through a mountain and it became the spillway for Sprit Lake (1 mile long concrete tunnel). This location provides an excellent opportunity to generate carbon-free electricity throughout the 1 mile long concrete tunnel.
Tacoma, WA – City storm drain infrastructure possesses wasted hydrokinetic energy. City of Tacoma is built in a bowl. Water distribution facilities and collection facilities have opportunities to conduct pre-feasibility studies on infrastructure.
San Francisco, CA – Is a unique city that has an average of 27 inches of rainfall per year. The city has steep inclines that increase energy production at various locations. At strategic locations REDC’s technology can help the city or infrastructure owner capture waste hydrokinetic or hydrostatic energy and convert it into mechanical energy for electric generation purposes. Site development projects usually pay for themselves in 36 to 48 months.
San Francisco has some of the strongest tidal currents in the world. The city of San Francisco can be electrified by tidal power alone. Already-in-Place Infrastructure that resides at Gateway Park from the old Oakland Bridge offers an excellent opportunity to create base load carbon-free electricity. The site is located in the backyard of the end use customer and the electricity does not need to be shipped long distances from rural environments.
Mid West – REDC helps electric utilities needing to transition away from carbon producing businesses into clean electric providers and the leaders of a new workforce. Generating electricity in the back yards of customer reduces the need for transmission infrastructure, maintenance and the labor costs associated with maintaining the infrastructure. When using the hydrokinetic energy from flowing rivers in the back yards of customers The Missouri, Mississippi, Ohio, The Des Moines River and Platte River all possess the ability to generate electricity onshore. The United States has hundreds of cities that reside along the shores of flowing rivers that can use the carbon-free electricity. Cities like Pittsburg, Cincinnati and Milwaukie possess the ability to extract reliable carbon-free electricity by implementing REDC’s Hydrokinetic Prime Mover into their rivers.
Portland Oregon – Residing along the shores of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers, Portland, Oregon has the ability to become a Pilot Clean Energy Hydrokinetic Project for REDC. Portland’s topography is vast and their storm drain infrastructure has multiple opportunities to generate carbon-free energy. Its unique position between two rivers allows for a considerable amount of hydrokinetic development in their rivers and storm drain infrastructure with little impact on the environment.
New York, New York – New York City (NYC) has excellent opportunities for clean energy development. Thousands of miles of pressurized water piping exist in NYC that are virtually untapped today. NYC resides along the Hudson River and Atlantic Ocean. River Power and Tidal Power are two renewable energy opportunities that NYC and partner electrical utilities can depend upon to meet the goals of 100% Renewable Energy by 2050. Generating carbon-free electricity in the backyard of the end user is a smart investment.
Las Vegas Nevada – Las Vegas experiences long sunlight hours and cooling is a large expense for businesses and residents. Las Vegas like other cities throughout the United States is expanding and electric utilities need to supply electricity for those new customers without using fossil fuels. Our approach is to reduce the demand for the electricity. REDC uses our concentrated solar heat exchanger and our Ammonia Absorption Refrigeration Cooling System to cool buildings. We use the thermal energy from the sun to refrigerate.
Concentrated Solar Power
REDC uses the thermal energy from the sun to cool and heat
- Food Waste Developing Nations
- Boiling Water
- Computer Server Cooling
- Commercial Building Cooling and Heating
REDC uses a parabolic concentrator that heats oil up to 400oF. A solar tracker helps keep the reflector concentrated on the sun at the perfect position. The concentrated solar power industry is a developing market. Heating oil with concentrated solar power is not new and today it is commonly used to boil water for industrial sized power plants (See Solar Food Preservation Facility).
REDC uses the hot oil to do two things; heat and cool. Heating is pretty simple to understand. The sun heats the oil and the hot oil can heat something else like water. How do we use it to cool? It is simple!
Ammonia absorption refrigerators use natural substances to refrigerate and heat (flame) is the energy source. Ammonia, hydrogen gas, and water (NH3-H2O) are the three natural substances inside an ammonia absorption refrigeration system. Unlike other refrigerants, if ammonia were to leak humans notice its odor quickly and it does not have a negative effect on the ozone. The closed loop system is pressurized to the point that the ammonia is a liquid. When heat is introduced the ammonia solution cools the box (Ice Box) compartment.
With no moving parts, ammonia absorption refrigeration systems experience less down-time. Ammonia absorption systems do not require electricity and if coupled with an inexpensive heat source the reliable ammonia absorption systems allows quality refrigeration at a lower cost over time. Ammonia has excellent heat transfer properties over other refrigerants, allowing for a lower heat transfer area. It’s one of the most efficient refrigerant systems on the market today. The United States of America’s Environmental Protection Agency has identified ammonia as an excellent replacement refrigerant for chlorofluorocarbon and hydro fluorocarbons, which are ozone-depleting refrigerants.
REDC heats oil with solar reflectors and uses that heat to boil the ammonia inside of an ammonia absorption refrigeration system for cooling. REDC can cool the insulated box by using the hot oil as the energy source. The Southwestern United States is ever expanding and demand for cooling is continuously increasing. As temperatures rise, demand for cooling will increase as well. REDC helps reduce this demand by providing cooling from heat versus electricity. REDC uses this same principal to cool buildings in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Hawaii, San Diego or any other market that has long sunlight hours and the demand for cooling is high.
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