VerdErg Renewable Energy has launched the concept development of VETT-in-a-Box, a new ‘plug & play’ micro hydropower system for generating electricity from small rivers, wastewater outflows, lock gates or canals with only two metres head drop.
With patents filed in all key regions, VerdErg Renewable Energy says VETT-in-a-Box brings electricity to the most remote, off-grid locations worldwide and has the potential to replace hundreds of diesel-powered generators. It is an entire mini hydropower system in a transportable arrangement and offers customers quick installation and ease of use. It can be installed directly into the water course or adjacent to it for flow rates of 500-2,000 l/s at low heads of up to 4 metres. The assembly includes a power cabinet for direct electricity consumption, connection to a local mini grid or grid connection.
“VETT-in-a-Box delivers power for essential electricity needs, such as in developing countries, providing the foundation for economic growth and basic healthcare. It produces clean, decentralised, predictable energy with high load factors from water at no environmental cost and is a prime example of innovation excellence” said Lars Boerner, Managing Director of VerdErg Renewable Energy.
VETT-in-a-Box offers access to ultra low-head sites through use of VerdErg’s patented venturi technology, and has also been designed to reduce manufacturing and installation costs as it uses standardised, off-the-shelf components and is housed within an easily portable container avoiding expensive excavation. It is also fish safe with proven zero fish mortality verified in live fish trials verified by the Environmental Agency (England).
VETT-in-a-Box is part of the wider Venturi-Enhanced Turbine Technology (VETT) product family developed and patented by VerdErg Renewable Energy, which extends to larger run-of-river and tidal applications.