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Can hyperlocal hydro energy empower communities?

According to VertueLab, a nonprofit that provides resources and support to cleantech start-ups, the answer is yes.

“The current moment, for all its upheaval and uncertainty, presents a unique opportunity for making big, systemic change when it comes to energy. BladeRunner, along with InPipe Energy, another Oregon-based startup, think the time is ripe for investing in hyper-local hydropower. Both are VertueLab-supported companies. InPipe captures excess energy flowing through municipal drinking water pipes, while BladeRunner replaces the environmental risk of hydroelectric dams with small, tethered turbines to harvest the energy of flowing water.

These types of small-scale, dispersed energy sources could help put much-needed power into the hands of communities — literally and figuratively.”



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