Aquarion Water Installing New Clean Energy Recovery Devices
Supplied by Rentricity Inc.
BRIDGEPORT, CT, November 23, 2003 --Aquarion
Water Company, one of the 10 largest investor-owned water utilities in
the United States, and alternative energy company Rentricity, Inc. will
launch a pilot program to transform excess pressure within water pipes
into electricity by using a new microturbine technology designed by
Aquarion will install Rentricity’s new Flow-to-Wire(sm) devices to
pressure reduction valves (PRVs) in vaults that currently relieve excess
pressure from water being delivered to customers at lower elevations
than the water source.
This pilot program represents the first application of a Rentricity
Flow-to-Wire(sm) device in a public water supply system and intends to
enhance infrastructure while providing a new source of clean, renewable
energy and revenue for utilities. The power can be delivered to
consumers through connections to the electric utility grid, or offset
existing demand by the water utility. A single Rentricity device is
expected to produce enough power to meet the energy needs of between 20
and 100 average homes, thereby reducing the electrical load traveling
into the area on heavily stressed transmission lines.
The nine-month pilot program will involve the installation of a Flow-to-Wire(sm)
system in a number of locations in the Southwest Region of Connecticut.
“We are excited to explore the use of this new technology to improve
our existing infrastructure and operations while helping to address the
area’s power problems with an environmentally friendly solution,”
says Peter Galant, Aquarion Water Company’s vice president of
technology, environment and planning.
Besides adding a new source of revenue from energy recovery, the
Flow-to-Wire(sm) device works to provide important information about the
water flowing through the pipes and valves found within typical
underground vaults. The Flow-to-Wire(sm) devices consist of a
microturbine, generator, sensors, processors, electronic controls, and
communications equipment that operate autonomously. Integrated
“smart” sensors will enable Rentricity to offer utility partners its
RenFlow(sm) information services, which provide real-time system
performance data to improve operational efficiencies.
“While the Flow-to-Wire(sm) devices will initially be targeted for use
within public water supply systems, we believe the technology is capable
of recovering untapped energy from other commercial and industrial
pressurized piping systems,” says Frank Zammataro, president and
co-founder of Rentricity. “The arrangement we have with Aquarion Water
Company will establish a basis for validating this new form of renewable
Rentricity expects to take advantage of concentrated water flow to ramp
operations and is exploring additional sites in Pennsylvania, New York
and New Jersey. The company believes that there is a sizable network of
domestic water systems that can take advantage of the Flow-to-Wire(sm)
system. The international “micro-hydropower” market is projected to
be five to 10 times larger than the U.S. market, with between 7,500 and
25,000 potential locations worldwide. Golder Associates, a global
environmental engineering firm, is supporting the pilot.
Rentricity was named one of the “Most Promising Companies” by the
over 200 investor attendees at the recently held Energy Venture Fair IV
in Philadelphia where 75 emerging energy sector companies presented.
Rentricity also presented at the National Renewable Energy Lab’s 16th
Annual Growth Forum in Austin, TX.
Aquarion Company's principal business is public water supply. Through
its Aquarion Water Company subsidiaries, it is one of the 10 largest
investor-owned water utilities in the U.S., serving 211,000 homes and
businesses, or approximately 677,000 people in 53 Connecticut, New York,
Massachusetts and New Hampshire communities. Aquarion Water Company of
Connecticut provides high-quality water to 170,400 customers, or more
than 587,000 people, including approximately 19,000 in Fairfield. For
more information on Aquarion Company and its subsidiaries, please
contact us on the Internet at www.aquarion.com or www.aquarionwater.com.
Rentricity, Inc. is an early-stage Delaware corporation focused on
transforming untapped energy in various man-made processes into
renewable electricity, including distributed generation. Rentricity is
part of the Rensselaer Incubator Program. The Company's founders can be
reached at www.rentricity.com.