Xylem and Rentricity Offer a Promising Alternative for Present-Day Electricity Crisis

By CIOReview | Thursday, October 1, 2015
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NEW YORK, NY: Global water technology company Xylem has discovered new means of renewable electricity generation using the excess pressure in water mains. Together with Rentricity, the hydrokinetic energy applications provider, Xylem plans to provide coherent water solutions for municipal, industrial and irrigation services.

Latter company transforms the extra pressure within water lines into electricity through the energy recovery systems. This generated energy can be considered as a new reliable source and helps solve the ever-rising electricity rates.

The companies together offer NSF-certified suite of products called Sustainable Energy & Monitoring Systems (SEMS). As a result, Xylem’s centrifugal pumps are aggregated with Rentricity control systems. SEMS can be installed like pump packages requiring nominal mechanical engineering design.

How it works? Xylem pumps water in reverse; uses the water pressure during flow; turns an impeller and spins a small generator to produce up to 30 kW of electricity. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has extended a helping hand to this technology to this cost and energy efficient solution to achieve the clean energy goals of Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) set by Governor of New York, Andrew M. Cuomo.