Lucid Energy, Inc. is a provider of renewable energy systems based on in-conduit hydropower technology. Our patented LucidPipe™ Power System enables industrial, municipal and agricultural facilities to produce clean, reliable, low-cost electricity from their gravity-fed water pipelines and effluent streams.
Lucid Energy was formed in 2007 with the mission of creating a new way for industries – particularly those that use large amounts of water and electricity – to turn their water pipelines into generators of carbon-free, base-load, renewable energy. Lucid Energy’s technology team invented an in-pipe turbine generator that efficiently recaptures energy embedded in fast-flowing water inside large-diameter pipelines without disrupting operations and with no environmental impact.
Unlike many other renewable energy technologies, the LucidPipe Power System uses the energy inherent in flowing water to provide a consistent, controllable, non-weather-dependent source of electricity that can be used on-site or fed to the grid to reduce energy costs or develop new revenue streams.
In 2008, Lucid Energy formed a strategic relationship with Northwest Pipe Company, the largest manufacturer of steel water transmission pipe in the United States. The two companies collaborated on the development of the lift-based turbine design that became the foundation for the LucidPipe Power System.
In August 2011 Lucid Energy, Inc. was incorporated as a Delaware C-corp and established its corporate headquarters in Portland, Oregon. Gregg Semler, a veteran leader in the clean energy sector, joined the company as President and CEO.
The company has secured private funding from a very active syndicate of investors including Northwest Pipe, OurCrowd, Star Energy and the Harbourton Fund and more than $1 million from the U.S. Department of Energy. In 2009, the U.S. Department of Energy awarded Lucid Energy a phase 1 SBIR grant to field-test LucidPipe.
Between 2010 and 2011, Lucid Energy successfully field-piloted three generations of the LucidPipe Power System in in-line water pipelines at the Western Municipal Water District in Riverside California. In October 2011, Riverside Public Utilities received the Outstanding Energy Management Award from the California-Nevada Section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) for its ongoing, in-system study of the LucidPipe Power System.
In January 2012 Lucid Energy completed the first commercial installation of a 42″ LucidPipe System at Riverside Public Utilities, and in March 2012 Lucid Energy officially announced the commercial availability of the LucidPipe Power System. The LucidPipe system in Riverside has operated continuously for 3 years with 87% availability to produce electricity.
The Portland Water Bureau and the City of Portland, Oregon have installed a 42″ four-turbine LucidPipe Power System that began generating electricity in January 2015. This project was the first in the U.S. to secure a 20-year power purchase agreement for electricity produced by in-pipe hydropower in a municipal water pipeline.
Lucid Energy is actively engaged with other major cities and industrial customers in the US and around the world who are leaders in smart water and energy innovation, are interested in clean, local sources of energy and want to reduce their operating costs.
Lucid Energy received its first patent in June 2011 with a second patent issued in January 2013. The company has filed for additional subsequent patents on more recent innovations to the technology and expects to hear results soon.