Rivers have been used for decades to extract electricity. This small vortex microturbine works in any ditch and provides electricity to more than 200 houses. We are increasingly aware that we not only have to reduce fossil fuel consumption, but also use other systems that allow us to extract electricity from anywhere where the law of energy conservation allows us. This is what this vortex hydro turbine from the Belgian company Turbulent does. Since the days of the water mills that were used to grind grain centuries ago, we have harnessed the power of rivers. It’s what power plants do. But big rivers only cover a small area of a country. How can we take advantage of the thousands of irrigation ditches or streams that are relatively abundant, to generate electricity? Turbulent’s proposal is called Turbulent Hidro, a hydro turbine that creates a vortex of water to generate electricity. As we can see in this video, this small hydro turbine can be easily installed in any ditch or small stream. It does not harm the fish because its movement is generated by the current itself, and not by a motor: The only condition is that the ditch has a small drop of between 1.5 and 5 meters, something that is usually quite common in the ditches, since they need a small descent for the water to flow. A piece of earth is excavated on the side of the ditch, and part of the water is diverted to the Turbulent hydro turbine, which creates a vortex to accelerate the force of the water. In the middle of the vortex is the generator that converts this force into electricity. The water that comes out of the vortex returns to the ditch a few meters later. The advantage of this system, in addition to its low cost and low maintenance, is that it generates electricity 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. On the other hand, solar panels or windmills are only productive a few hours a day, when there is sun or wind. Programmable thermostat with WiFi for application control wherever you are. You can also control it from assistants like Alexa or Google. With a vortex hydroturbine, 8 times more electricity is generated than with solar panels. For equal power, the turbine only needs 8% of space. The smallest model generates a power of 5 to 70 kW depending on the flow, for a total of 40,000 to 240,000 kWh per year. Enough to supply electricity up to 200 houses. The largest model reaches 200 kW for a total of 1,600,000 kWh per year. It is used to supply small communities or villages. Without forgetting that you can install as many as you want. These Turbulent hydroturbines are not a project or a theoretical vision. They have been operating for a couple of years in rural areas in Belgium, France, Chile, Indonesia, and other countries. If you need more information, take a look at their website.