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May 7, 2014

Power turbine tested in Yakima irrigation canal

  • Instream Energy Systems hopes to build commercial turbine farms in canals to power homes.
    Yakima Herald-Republic

    SELAH — Farmers across the Yakima Basin depend on a network of canals to deliver water for their crops. Now, scientists believe the canals could provide another resource to the region: renewable energy.

    Capturing the energy contained in the water flowing in the Northwest's rivers is nothing new — hydropower dams have been doing that since the 1930s. But new turbine technology can create electricity without using dams or reservoirs, which carry environmental impacts.

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