Philadelphia, Oct. 26, 2017 – The Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA) has issued a Request for Information inviting manufacturers, energy companies, and research organizations to share sustainable, low-impact concepts for capturing energy from Philadelphia’s waterways.
With current dam and lock construction in the planning phases in Philadelphia, the timing is right to explore which existing and emerging technologies might cost-effectively generate power and/or provide heating and cooling services from Philadelphia’s waterways in the future. The PEA is interested in exploring options for capturing energy from in-stream technologies that do not interfere with a river’s flow. Responses will be used to develop future design competitions, testing, and piloting opportunities for new technology.
Lance Haver, Director for Civic Engagement for Philadelphia City Council, said, “Emerging technologies that efficiently and affordably utilize river energy could help drive a new industrial revolution along Philadelphia’s rivers. We see this request as an opportunity to work with companies and research institutions that are pushing the envelope and potentially give them a home to test and deploy their technologies. We encourage innovators and dreamers to focus on the possibilities.”
“We are interested in encouraging creative thinking about harnessing existing assets, like our waterways, to support a clean energy future for Philadelphia,” said Emily Schapira, Executive Director at the Philadelphia Energy Authority. “We should be leading a conversation to think long-term, and explore emerging technologies as well as those that are now market-ready.”
Technology developers, research institutions, and businesses that are developing new and innovative in-stream power generators are invited to respond to the Request for Information posted on the PEA website. Responses must be submitted to [email protected] by April 27, 2018.
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