WIT Press


The Concept Of Using Energy Generated By Water Flowing In Pipes To Power Devices Monitoring The Water Supply Network

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/UW160071

Volume

165

Pages

8

Page Range

75 - 82

Published

2016

Size

358 kb

Author(s)

B. Kowalska, D. Kowalski, M. Kwietniewski, J. Rak

Abstract

Converting energy from drinking water flowing in the pipes into electricity has become a new direction of development of innovative technologies in the field of environmental engineering. Currently, many different devices designed for this purpose are available on the market. There are water turbines, integrated with generators, placed within transit pipelines or pumps designed to allow the driving of the rotor stream of flowing water. These pumps generate a current in the electric motors integrated with various types of pressure reducers equipped with microturbines. However, the possibility of practical application of the electricity produced in this way is still little known or limited.

The aim of the paper is to present the possibility of energy utilization generated by drinking water as it flows through turbines integrated into pipes to power measuring devices for monitoring water networks. Presented concepts have been reserved in Polish patents.

Keywords

water supply, energy recovery, microturbines