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How can we deliver true energy transformation to the world?

“An investment in a true energy transformation requires governments, research institutions, businesses, and private investors to work together.”

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The world is going to be using 50 percent more energy by mid-century than it does today.

Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft, has emerged as a force for innovation:  “No Investor or group of investors can do this alone. Breakthrough Energy is committed to encouraging a broad network of public and private capital to work together to solve the problem. An investment in a true energy transformation requires governments, research institutions, businesses, and private investors to work together.”

“The Breakthrough Energy Coalition created BEV to address some of those challenges in the energy market. We are willing to wait a longer time for returns than other funds. Finally, the fund is committed to discovering breakthroughs, wherever they are.” 

“We must stop looking for business plans and look instead at the innovation after all it is the innovation and not how the owner of the IP will run a business which will stop CO2 emissions.”


The HUG: a True Energy Transformation

Which renewable energy source has the most potential?

  1. The HUG is feasible, renewable and clean alternative for low cost power production.  An estimated 10 million people live mostly in urban areas along the banks of the river in any under developed country.hug energy system hug energy system
  1. Only 3 percent of the nation’s 80,000 dams currently generate power. An Energy Department-funded study found that 12,000 megawatts of hydroelectric generating capacity could be added to existing dams around the country.

The HUG System






New damless hydro electric energy invention will change the way we power the world.


Which renewable energy source has the most potential? Mankind has been benefiting from the “energy of moving water…since before the Roman Empire” to power waterwheels for mills.  Today the global renewable energy industry is worth $615 billion. Today it is probably wind or solar, whose technologies are falling precipitously and making those investments economical. However, don’t discount hydro power, which now accounts for about 10% of the electricity and which could also grow in the coming decades.

 “Let’s not lose sight of what we know for certain about hydro power — it has greatly contributed to a healthier environment and economic prosperity and can sustainability grow to do more. Hydro power provides many benefits in the fight to address climate change and for cleaner air,” says the National Hydropower Association. 

Base level electricity is a requirement. Most hydro power facilities can quickly go from zero power to maximum output, making them ideal for meeting sudden changes in demand for electricity. 

The US government is so focused at other renewable sources of energy like wind and solar, it may be overlooking the contributing potential of hydroelectricity. More investment into damless hydro is the key to its development into a feasible renewable and clean alternative for power production.

The advocacy group points to a US Department of Energy (DOE) report that says the energy form could grow by 50,000 megawatts by 2050. That, in turn, would cut greenhouse gas emissions by 112,000 metric tons of CO2/megawatt and save $4.2 billion/megawatt in avoided damages from heat-trapping emissions. 

The next phase of hydro power, however, will focus on smaller hydro units that are less disruptive environmentally but still useful in supplying electricity to remote areas. A 2007 Electric Power Research Institute study estimated that there is a potential for adding a 300 megawatts of damless hydro power in the US by 2025.  Meanwhile, at least 100 countries are developing small hydro plants, with the most potential in the former Soviet Union, South Asia and South America.

Only 3 percent of the nation’s 80,000 dams currently generate power. An Energy Department-funded study found that 12,000 megawatts of hydroelectric generating capacity could be added to existing dams around the country.

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HUG Competition

To be the First Mover in Tidal Power

Innovation is usually geared toward improving efficiency or effectiveness. Efficiency innovations decrease the cost to market. For this reason, investors are not so much interested in the “new” aspect of innovation, as they are in the “improved” part.  HUG Tidal power is more than improved: it is an entirely new good.

What must be done to create new products, enhance market penetration, lock in customers and lower operational costs?

Often the risk and the costs associated with achieving competitive advantage is formidable

Developing new and unique products that are not easily duplicated by competitors: one provides more value to the customer, which in turn creates brand loyalty because having one’s name associated with a new product (much like snowmobiles have been called “SkiDoos”  for years).  One simply becomes the “go to” company as Wal-Mart did.

Enter the HUG!

None of the Present Technology use the Power of the Vortex, like the HUG.

  1. The Dam has inherent disadvantages:
  • The large size includes concrete construction involving high construction costs.
  • Each dam plant is very expensive because a custom-designed, one-off project.
  • Fish-passage facilities need to be provided to help fish bypass the power station.
  1. Investment in helical turbines has increased to US$257 million (Korea) in 2007. Kordi of Korea had planned its pilot turbines in ocean currents at Uldolmok. Korea have very strong currents up to 6.5 m/s.  They have designed 24 jackets (16m by 16m) along 3 lanes. The difference is that the helical turbines are not placed in a vortex of a pathway like a HUG. See Figure 1.
  1. Ireland’s OpenHydro has spent $2.2 million on their propeller system in the Bay of Fundy to date. This company has not really reported any news about their new invention, since they installed it several years ago. The total device weighs 360 tons, which is a large burden. The power density is 2.6 kW/m2. See Figure 2.   The HUG Power Density is an unbelievable 73.5 kW/m2.
  1. France’s Alstom Hydro Canada Inc. , having licensed Clean Current’s technology, planned to demonstrate its tidal turbine, which is in the form of a propeller. See Figure 3.  [Consortium Members: Emerson Electric Co.; Clean Current Power Systems Inc.;  Alstom Hydro France]
  1.  Verdant Power (SDTC support) is currently installing six Gorlov turbines in New York City’s East River. Each turbine will have a blade diameter of 16 feet and is rated at between 25–30 kW. Again, these turbines are simply placed in the path of a tidal flow.  The Power output at 2.5 m/s is only 168kW/turbine. The  power density is only 2.8 kW/m2.  [Consortium:  Consortium Members:Mohawk Council of Akwesasne;  St. Lawrence College of Applied Arts and Technology;  St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental  Sciences; Ontario Power Authority; Niagara Region Ventures Fund]  See Figure 4.
  1. United Kingdom’s Atlantis Operation (Canada) (SDTC support): 1 MW AR1000 propeller turbine which is immense and very heavy in size. [Consortium: Lockheed Martin Canada (LMC);Irving Shipbuilding] See Figure 5.
  1. Canada’s Clean Current Power Systems Inc.(SDTC support): propeller turbine 65kW needs a 5.5 meter depth and an unlikely stated speed of the river of 3.0 to 3.5 m/sec., unlike the 1 meter depth of the HUG with a more likely river speed of 2 m/s. [Consortium:  EnCana Corp.;  New Energy Corporation Inc.; Tidal Power Generation] See Figure 6.
  1. Canada’s New Energy Corporation Inc.(SDTC support): using superior four helical blades producing a small 5kW and much larger 25 kW system designed for high velocity of 3 m/s. Again this system relies entirely on the affluent flow of the current…unlike the HUG, which uses a system to increase this to a laminar flow thereby creating a zero friction boundary layer along the inside lining of the HUG.  [Consortium: Nova Scotia Power Inc.] See Figure 7.
  1. R.E.R (SDTC support)is installed at the Lachine Rapids near Montreal. Unfortunately, their system has to be built as big as the Kordi system in Korea: 2.3 kW/ m2. The maintenance on such a large structure will be a huge expense. [Consortium: ABB Inc. (Canada); Agence de l’efficacité énergétique du Québec]  BANKRUPT! See Figure 8.
  1. The prototype of a VLH system, developed with a French partner by Turbines Novatech-Lowatt Inc. in Beloeil, Quebec. Once connected to the network, the first VLH turbine has been submitted to exhaustive commissioning tests. (Area = 15.9 m2) The weakness of this system is the low velocity (2 m/s. The maintenance on such a large structure will be a huge expense. See Figure 9.
  1. The most advanced companies from a commercialization standpoint are two European companies: Marine Current Turbines of the UK (cost unknown) and Hammerfest Strøm of Norway(Investment to date: $13.4 million). Both of these companies use a propeller style turbine, which have received significant support from their respective federal governments. In contrast, the HUG has negative pressure or a suction action at its entrance. Also, a propeller style turbine, which is used by the competitors, has a lower efficiency of 20% compared to the helical turbine’s 35% efficiency.  See Figure 10.


Figure 1 Kordi of Korea have designed 16m by 16m tidal systems.

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