BladeRunner has been awarded $3.3 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). The funding will be used to advance three new and innovative solutions to reduce the cost of the BladeRunner system.
(1) Optimization of the BladeRunner rotor to increase efficiency and improve debris mitigation and resiliency.
(2) Implementation of C-Motive’s novel electrostatic generator to efficiently convert low speed mechanical rotation into grid-voltage electricity.
(3) Development of a shore-based deployment and retrieval method to reduce OpEx while increasing availability and significantly reducing infrastructure and personnel requirements on site.
BladeRunner along with prime awardee University of Alaska Fairbanks and partners C-Motive, Moshman Research and FibreMax are excited to kick off this work including field testing in an Alaskan river. This grant is a huge milestone for BladeRunner and brings us one step closer to bringing Hydropower to the People!