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Turbulent Hydro : Amazing how we suddenly have so many views and comments! And thank you for all of the advice! I just want to clarify a few things I saw asked in the comments: - We shot this footage during commissioning. When installing a hydropower turbine you first test it for a while at half the nominal flow. That's what you see passing through this turbine. It doesn't look very stable yet, as it needs additional flow for the vortex to stabilize itself (Think about how you get that sucking sound at the last few liters running from your bath tub). Full flow of this turbine is 1.8m3/s with a height difference of 1.7m. That gives 15kW of useful electric power with our efficiency of 50%. - When we were finished shooting the video, we put back the trash rack (with a spacing between the bars of 10cm as that is the maximum debris size that can pass through) and the mesh that covers the whole basin. No children, dogs, pirates,... can fall in. -60 homes can be powered in Chile with an average household power demand of 0.25 kW. The average in many European countries is 0.5 kW. The average in American homes could well be a few MW if the comments are to go by :P -Yes, waterwheels have been done before, and turbines as well. We don't claim to have invented hydropower. We claim, however, that we have made this size of hydropower an interesting investment with a lower cost and a higher efficiency. Our hope is to offer a clean, eco-friendly alternative for investors, land owners, industries etc to generate power from the rivers that they have running in their neighborhood. As one of the co-founders, I can tell you that I enjoy nature, and that I want my kids growing up learning about and seeing technologies that try to work in harmony with it. - Some rivers meander too much for our technology. These rivers aren't suitable. We know about this, thank you for mentioning it. -We're not related to any kickstarter or crowdfund campaign. I made the video in my spare time as a hobby and I'm honestly a bit surprised that it became so popular. What I was hoping for, was to meet like minded people who want to help make our vision a reality. Affordable electrification for all without harming nature. A lot of people here have been really nice, with lots of helpful advice. Thank you for that! I believe we, as a society, can achieve anything if we just work together. - Any good scientific peer review should scrutinize the numbers. I'm busy making a new video with full flow footage and footage of our inverter power readout. Please tell me what you'd like to see in there and I'll try and arrange it :) - Last but not least: we're still in the testing phase. Currently we're checking all the systems and we're making sure this turbine can do what it promises. It seems to be holding up well against erosion and debris. We had some power cable heating, but got it solved. We will also be conducting fish friendliness tests. The whole design was based on the fish friendly design parameters of the Alden turbine Labs. We will validate those numbers. This model is now being worked on and we will be ready by July 2018 with our testing phase. When all of that is done, we will be ready to start helping people everywhere to develop their very own hydropower turbine and build their future! Thank you for your attention, stay tuned for more updates!

Output Coupler : While this is a neat idea, it looks like it won't scale at all. This would be great for getting power to remote communities not already served by a grid, but not much else I think. I would _really_ play down the comparisons to traditional hydroelectric power, because those comparisons make your device looks really, really bad. Consider a more in depth comparison against the Hoover Dam and those transmission lines you crap on so much at the start of the video. The Hoover Dam produces 2,080,000 kW. Your system produces 15 kW. So to replace a large dam like the Hoover, you need 138,666.7 of your units. Assuming you could pack them in super densely on a river, spaced every 100 yards, you'd need almost 9,000 miles of river to produce the same power, more than twice the length of the longest river on the planet. But you'll never get your units installed that densely, so you'd need WAY more than that. Not happening. So this literally cannot replace large scale hydroelectric power. What about more localized power? Let's say we want to power a small American town, population 10,000. We'll be generous and only consider residential power. Let's assume there are an average of 3 people per home, for 3,333 homes to power. The average American home uses 900 kWh of power each month. Your unit produces 10,800 kWh per month, so can power 12 houses (not the 60 you claim, that was dishonest). So to power the small town, you need 278 of your units. _Just_ for the residential power. You also get zero reserve capacity to handle surges, so you either still need those expensive transmission lines to provide power from elsewhere when needed, or overprovision your hydroelectric system, or build energy storage. This is getting really expensive, really fast, and is going to be well outside the budget of what a town of this size could do. Assuming the tax burden is spread evenly, each household would be responsible for 8.3% of the cost of one of your units. You don't mention how much it cost to build these, but my guess is that's not going to be pocket change. Don't interpret this as me saying your technology is bad. I think it's a nice idea, but you're barking up the wrong tree comparing yourself to hydroelectric dams. Play up the way this can power remote communities with limited access to power, that's where this technology will shine. If you come out swinging with "we're so much better than traditional hydro power", then prepare for the internet debunking brigade to rip your claims to shreds.

cyoungrun1 : "60 homes in Chile." Sure, if each "home" consists of a single 40 watt bulb. Someone is just trying to sell a dream here. Anyone who knows anything about hydropower knows you need lots of "head" (that is, lots of distance for the water to fall) to create enough pressure to turn a turbine that generates any significant about of power. That's why we build dams, with 100 ft or more of "head" to turn the turbines. And it's not about scale. Small turbines operate on the exact same principle as large ones. This might run the lights in your home, but you'll never generate enough power to operate your stove.

Lyle Stavast : works at night. works when wind isn't blowing. no battery. efficiency is very secondary. installation requirements are simple. regulation of voltage/amperage output important dynamically. you could distill water as a power sink if need be.... Cool stuff - wish you well in your projects :)

Wibin : Engineer here. This will be somewhat inefficient as plenty of energy goes into the wall as friction. However, I'd imagine that this is more fish friendly (although don't know by how much) and that the equipment should be cheaper to build and maintain than a more traditional hydro electric setup. The biggest obstacle, as far I can see, is to keep the concrete from corroding within the first year.

NPC #45301239 : What happens if I throw a mattress into it

firebirdude2 : And this is different from an ancient water wheel how?

☠MrHairyNutz☠ : What if i fall in the turbine what will happen to me?

baileyboy125 : Is that one in Chile not dangerous? What if someone falls in? Aren't there any safety measures, like a simple mesh or something to stop someone's fall?

Feynstein 100 : Hmm I'm not sure about this. Economics of scale dictates that it's more efficient to have one large system than multiple small ones. Plus, without a sedimentation tank, the turbine will likely be damaged by suspended particles, especially during heavy rains. It will probably need to be replaced every 2 years or so. I get that the idea is to minimize the cost but you do get what you pay for and this system would be analogous to putting a band-aid over a deep cut. I don't think you'll be changing the world anytime soon but I hope I'm wrong.

Armistice023 : Cool concept. Needs some safety grating/ covers though. It needs a grate for the inlet, and a full cover for the top

Jay Turberville : I can't help but notice all the water that isn't going through the turbine.

CMYTUB : Great Work People!!!

jon smith : This is amazing. I live next to a creek and would love one of these. Would be sweet if they were small enough for a single home.

www.GPcarAudio.com : Nice props to the"unskilled" workers lol way to make them feel proud.

Moises Alonzo : Lol its funny how people are barely starting to come up with these ideas that were thought of and invented in the past i dont even need to look that up if you dont belive me you can go ahead😉

Noe Naame : So who pays for these? I doubt households that use on average a meager 250watts will do the huge upfront cost of the turbine and the electrical equipment... But that's just me I guess, dreamkiller

Don Lewis : Looks good, I'm a water treatment engineer so used to seeing centrifugal pumps, same principle in reverse and much much bigger ha, awsome. Interesting to see how you will reduce errosion of impellor, a constant pain of mine... Good luck!

Sol Feinberg : Pass through unharmed on the video. Like to see a real test with some koi. Or a gold fish.

C : Awaiting thunderf00t...

dieselrotor : Needs safety revisions but what a great piece of work. Kudos.

White Person : Something is very sketchy here.

Patavinity : Just waiting for the inevitable Thunderfoot debunk

HeartlandRanchTV : One of the major downsides is this system is that it requires a consistently fast moving body of water that stays at a fairly constant level year round (no significant droughts or floods). Also, a settling chamber would be very useful to prevent excessive wear and tear on the turbine by debris and sediments. Overall, this product _might_ have _some_ usefulness in very specific scenarios.

Bikerchic : imagine the energy u could make by installing this in billions of toilets

Arnav Sahay : Amazing it would do wonders in countries like India where rural population is still struggling to get electricity, though the Modi government is very supportive and solar power is becoming quite popular but this can this kind of decentralized hydro power will help immensely.

John Bull : Im really surprised by all the negative comments. If this works, it would be great for 3rd world countries. All the best to the engineers. I for one would like to see this work :-)

Holi Phuc : Free energy that costs money

Building Your Own Private Beach : Much reason to continued the optimization of this. All the best...

angurisloud : Let's see some DATA... you're generating electricity... anyone got a meter? Let's see numbers!

Selected Solutions : I also have mine @ 60w using conical basin and with lesser alloy blades compared to yours, get updated updated of upscaled version next month

Jason : Little Billy tried out the local water slide..where's Billy?

bhabani sahoo : 1mw project cost

Voodoo Romeo 87 : Great video great work my friends. You are the future, don't give up ✈✈✈

Jacob Smith : Great, now please put a cover on it.

Sky L : It's a youtube video by UNSKILLED inventor. what do you expect?

Mohanana Krishnan : Excellent Idea nice innovation

Stefan E : Interessant! Sollte voran getrieben werden...

Sliphantom : This will look good next to my Solar Roadway (tm) and my Hyperloop (c) station.

T C : Do fish get dizzy?

23M views : Great idea man

OkutoHori : Shouldnt it turn counter clockwise in Chile?

Sandy Hooker : why not build a massive version in the middle of a river, and get 50000 kw?

Ramazan Durak : Does this have an emergency stop button in case anything happens?

W.W. : let's see the R&D numbers. It seems rad, but so do fairy tales

Alfie Moon : *Yet another scam.* If each of these small turbines generates 15Kw (which is unlikely), you'd need 140,000 of them to equal an average hydroelectric plant, or over a million of them to equal a dam... Not to mention you need a fairly quick flowing river nearby which doesn't dry out during summer periods. Overall, waste of time and money...next.

Galen T : this is a really cool project! good luck to you. are you hiring engineers?

russell5078084 : If someone actually invented clean safe limitless powersorce, it would be supressed even if it ment an arranged deadly accident. Either by the government or the power and petroleum industries or both.

Kenny : I LOVE IT! AWESOMENESS

Zane H : Great the one in Chile looked great, what happens when one of the local children gets sucked in, will they pass straight through like a fish, I think not