Verterra Energy was proud to welcome Rep. Betty McCollum and Undersecretary Shyu for a facility and technology tour.
Verterra has been working with the US Army Corps of Engineers to deploy and test Volturnus at multiple scales beginning this year and continuing onto arrays or "V-PODs" numbering hundreds of units by 2024. Rep. Betty McCollum has been a champion of renewable energy and conservation in Minnesota and helped to support Verterra's collaboration with the USACE.
Ms. Heidi Shyu is the Under Secretary of Defense for Research & Engineering, serving as the Chief Technology Officer for the DoD. Her focus is multifaceted, but key areas of interest for this visit were reducing fuel use within the DoD and enhancing energy security, in addition to understanding how startups can better work with the Federal Government. It was an incredible opportunity to showcase Volturnus and learn more about her goals and potential future applications for the technology.
Volturnus is a vertical axis turbine that uniquely harnesses the power of flowing water by combining the working principles of centrifugal pumps & hydrofoils with a rugged, hydrodynamic design. Similar to an underwater 3D weather vane, VOLTURNUS works in harmony with the current to dynamically adjust once deployed. When installed in modular arrays or V-PODS, the technology creates scalable, low cost power from 50 kW to multi-MW arrays.
Based in St. Paul, MN Verterra is funded by mission driven investors and is currently collaborating with the USACE on a strategic microgrid project in the United States.