Portable Hydroelectric Power Plant in a Backpack may be perfect for military
Military troops in the field have a daunting challenge when it comes to being able to access enough electricity to run all the high-tech equipment each platoon carries. The task has just become easier with the introduction of Bourne Energy’s BackPack Power Plant – Type 2 (BPP-2).
Measuring only 3 feet long and at less than 25 lbs., the hydroelectric system is a truly portable renewable energy generator with its own integrated control and sensing systems. Each BPP-2 consists of three modules that collapse to fit into a specially designed backpack.
The units are designed to be placed in any running river or stream. The BPP-2 can be tethered to ride at the water’s surface or below the surface to achieve near invisibility. Depending on the strength of the water current, each unit can produce up to 600W of electrical energy. A linked array of BPP-2s can generate as much as 20 kilowatts of power. This is about the same amount of power needed to support seven typical households. Because no fuel is involved in its operation, the BPP-2 generates electricity without heat and carbon emissions, making it renewable and environmentally friendly in every sense of the word.
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