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October 25, 2011

Seattle company wants to tap the power of canals with new turbines

Journal Staff Reporter

Photo courtesy of Hydrovolts [enlarge]
Water must flow three to four knots for Burt Hamner’s turbines to generate energy. The largest turbine generates up to 16 kilowatts of energy.

A small business in South Seattle hopes to revolutionize the way hydropower is generated across the globe. Burt Hamner, CEO of Hydrovolts, said he has an invention that makes microhydro power projects viable for the first time in history.

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