Converting Excess Water Pressure
Into Energy to Generate Electricity
The demand for more energy, specifically, the demand for more electricity, has contributed to the growth of an innovative technology that converts excess water pressure in municipal and other water systems into electricity as a by-product of its role of providing fresh water to the community.
Sorensen Systems has designed, built, and installed specialized turbines as replacements for pressure reducing valves in various water systems thus eliminating the dissipating of excess energy in favor of generating usable power in the form of electricity. Known as Conduit Energy Recovery, this process takes advantage of the pre-existing water pressure to convert the potential energy into kinetic energy.
Although the conversion of water power to electricity is common, what is new in these applications is the need to retrofit existing system components with new systems that allow the water, which is on its way to treatment facilities for drinking water, to act as agent in the generation of electricity. Typical sites for this kind of conversion include water treatment plants, reservoir pressure reducing sites, land irrigation sites, and certain industrial process plants.