On September 12, 2013, Clean Current successfully installed its 1.5m river turbine in the Winnipeg River near Seven Sisters, Manitoba. The turbine was fully commissioned over the next 5 days and now delivers power to an onshore load bank in the Company’s “Mobile Power Lab”.
The turbine will continue to deliver power to the load bank until a permanent connection to the Manitoba Hydro grid is established in the summer of 2014. This deployment is the first of several Clean Current projects that will demonstrate the new product line of river turbines ranging from 1.5m to 3.5m in diameter. Over the next 12 months, the Manitoba project will demonstrate the following:
- Operation of a river turbine for 12 consecutive months, through all four seasons in a harsh Northern climate
- Demonstration of the suitability of this technology for remote community type of settings
- Use of locally available equipment and resources to deploy, maintain and operate the turbine
- Operation of the turbine with minimal impact on the environment
The Clean Current turbine is the first turbine to be installed at the Canadian Hydrokinetic Turbine Test Centre. This is a facility that has received funding support from Natural Resources Canada, through its ecoENERGY Program, and is a project in collaboration with the University of Manitoba and Manitoba Hydro.