The use of water movement as a source of energy is still far from other clean alternatives such as solar or wind power. Underutilized, the resource is nevertheless there, in the permanent flow of water in rivers or streams. Mankind has used it for centuries, and to restore its importance, initiatives are emerging that aim to ensure that this potential is not lost. This is precisely the goal of EQA River, a system that aspires to recover this reliable and permanent source of energy, in the most sustainable way possible.

The latter is one of the issues on which the drivers of this innovation have focused, which makes it possible to generate clean energy, but not at any cost. For that, these floating hydroelectric installations are mainly made of plastics. This choice not only contributes to reducing this other sea, that of waste, which invades the maritime surface of the planet, but also allows this option to capture energy to be among those that generate the least CO2 emissions by kWh.

In addition to the above, EQA River has been subjected to various tests which show that its installation has no impact on organisms living in the water. For this, a low rotational speed hydraulic wheel was chosen. Likewise, extreme caution has also been taken to avoid noise pollution, which could force species out of their habitats. To the above is added, to add to this philosophy, a flexible construction that allows the installation to be adapted to the aesthetic needs of any location, in order to avoid any visual impact.

With all this, this technology can be used alone or in combination with other solutions for the use of renewable energy sources, like a wind farm, for example. Suitable for use in remote locations to which it would provide supply options, this proposal would guarantee these populations the obtaining of permanent energy. “Thanks to the constant flow of water, EQA River is able to always generate energy”, say the promoters.

Despite what the name may suggest, the invention cannot only be installed in rivers. Streams or even the piers of a bridge are other places where this system can be attached. Among the strengths of the same, its creators highlight ability of the team to adjust their movements and depth in the water according to conditions. Another strong point is that this technology is smart. Thus, if several units are installed, they will communicate with each other, in addition to performing real-time measurements of aspects such as the speed of the water flow, its level or its temperature.

With all this, the Dutch company behind this innovation claims to have launched an alternative “Easy to install, reliable, safe for fish and economical to generate clean energy from water”. The planet, they point out, has 1.4 million cubic kilometers of water. “Why not use them more?” And, in answer to the question, this proposal and others like the intelligent turbine PowerSpout or Hidrotor, which try to facilitate the use of this source of energy.