Turbulent and the UN Sustainable Development goals

How Turbulent plays its part in the accomplishment of the United Nation's SDG's

Turbulent delivers an innovative approach to hydropower, which tackles all the problems associated with classical electrical power generation: no big infrastructure works, no ecological damage, no huge initial investments, no social disruption, no expensive transmission lines, no generation far from the consumer, no CO2 emissions.

Turbulent micro-hydropower plants successfully address all the challenges other renewable energies are facing: energy security, low capacity factors, big land areas, and last but not least the unpredictability caused by weather and day-night cycle. Turbulent works with nature, not against it.

By solving all these issues and providing a scalable solution, Turbulent turbines can be deployed in millions of sites around the world, powering communities, schools, hospitals, factories, farms, villages and even entire cities in an economical, ecological and reliable way. By installing multiple turbines, entire regions can be powered by 100% green, clean, stable and reliable electricity.

Turbulent subscribes to the indigenous notion of the Honourable Harvest * – sustaining the river and replenishing river habitats, adhering to a reciprocal relationship with the more-than-human world.

Turbulent endorses the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals **

Our main Sustainable Development Goal

7 – Affordable and clean energy. Turbulent’s micro-hydropower technology brings energy that is both clean and affordable to communities all over the world. The average LCOE of a Turbulent micro-hydropower plant amounts to 0,03 - 0,08 USD/kWh, which is currently among the lowest cost of energy in the world. Turbulent energy is 100% green, does not need big infrastructure to be built, and includes no rare earth materials.

All components of a Turbulent turbine can be recycled, making it truly clean and sustainable. The decentralisation of energy sources also helps to make it more affordable, and removes the need for high voltage transmission lines over hundreds of kilometres.

Closely related Sustainable Development Goals

Socio-economic benefits

1 – Communities and villages.

In many countries around the world there are still communities and villages that are not connected to the power grid. Remotely located in the jungle, the mountains or the country’s rural areas, these communities are often experiencing unstable electricity generation and distribution that doesn’t provide the energy when they need it. Many of these villages are powered with diesel generators (for a couple of hours/day), which cause ecological harm with their emissions and noise, but mainly cause financial difficulties within the communities.

The diesel needs to be transported to the villages from faraway locations, which often is a logistical, ecological and economical nightmare. Over the past years, solar micro grids have grown more popular, but due to variable weather conditions solar struggles with energy security and stability in these remote off-grid areas. On cloudy days and during the evening and night, no energy is generated, hence no electricity can be consumed, unless costly battery packs are installed. Small scale, easy to install Turbulent turbines remove all these problems of remote, stable electrification. Transport and installation are easy, fast and only have to occur once. Smaller units fit on a 4x4 or pick-up truck and can be delivered on location.

Local workforce can take care of the installation without the need of heavy machinery. Local metal workshops can produce certain parts of the turbine and casings, depending on the regional availability of these materials. The operational cost is almost non-existent, as water flows freely through the river and the turbine; and most importantly, it flows 24h/day, 365 days/year. As a result, the communities are also able to use this constant base load for refrigeration, water purification, telecom network connectivity, … On top of this, (previously installed) solar panels can be combined with the stable electricity generated by the Turbulent plant, accommodating peak consumption during daytime.