Verterra Energy, Inc.
333 Washington Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Star Tribune Article
Field Testing completed:
Results show Volturnus has power efficiency of over 30%.
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 current. Each 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.