Where to Find Us

Verterra Energy, Inc.
333 Washington Ave. N.
Suite 300
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Phone: 612-349-9865


Email: info@verterraenergy.com

What's New

"Architect of Defense" Award

February 2017


Former Tesla Director of Communications joins the Advisory Board January 2016


Innovation Nation on CBS  October 2016



Verterra completes field testing of generation III Volturnus Prototype

July 2016


Verterra partners with Binsfeld Engineering to test Volturnus in the field April  2016


Verterra adds a Chief Engineer from Boeing and Medical Device CEO to Advisor Board

March 2016


Verterra featured in leading 3D printer case study

March 2016


Star Tribune Article

Minneapolis start-up wants to install small-scale hydropower without the need for dams

January 2016


Field Testing completed:

Results show Volturnus has power efficiency of over 30%.

October 2015

Verterra FAQs

What is the energy output for a Volturnus?


Each Voltrunus is capable of between 5-10 kW of energy production with the "V-Pod" of 5, producing up to 438,000 kWh a year, depending on site conditions and currentEach V-Pod is  capable of powering 25-40 average American homes or enough to power a small remote villiage or forward operating base.


What is the difference between kW and kWh?


A kW (kilowatt) is the nameplate capacity whereas kWh (kilowatt hours) refers to the amount of electricity produced over time. For instance: a 10 kW generator running for 24 hours would produce 240 kWh in a day.


What is the cost for a Volturnus?


While final costing is not yet complete on the commercial scale Volturnus, estimates show that the device will be highly competitive in the existing marketplace, with the added advantages of having a superior ability to avoid clogging and jamming, providing consistent energy production.


What is the advantage of Volturnus over other hydro power?


It comes down to design. Volturnus is deployed directly in the river, submerged, for silent and around-the-clock operation; it is purpose designed to deflect debris and avoids clogging and jamming, and does not require building a dam. Those are the primary problems with current hydro which cause production stoppage and undue maintenance.


How do we know Volturnus works?


Through the R&D process our team was able to refine the design of Volturnus over many years. Field testing with real world prototypes utilizing calibrated instrumentation from Binsfeld Engineering, revealed power efficiency results of over 30%, which is as good or better than any competing small hydro technology. Those results are scalable and will learn even more in our upcoming pilot projects, as we bring Volturnus into the commercial marketplace.


Is Volturnus environmentally safe?


Volturnus simply harnesses the kinetic energy of flowing water, not adding, or taking anything from the waterway. The Minnesota DNR has provided positive feedback regarding the Volturnus design as fish safe, and actually a potentially beneficial addition to the river ecosystem by creating habitat.


When can I get a Volturnus for my backyard, camping, or off-the-grid applications?


Not quite yet. Currently Verterra is working to produce the commercial scale 3 meter diameter Volturnus. We are planning on a smaller consumer model in the future. If you’re interested in keeping updated about that, we encourage you to follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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