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 more than $5 million in private funding 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. In the first quarter of 2013 the LucidPipe system in Riverside had achieved well over 10,000 hours of operating time on its system with over 95% availability to produce electricity.
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.
The Portland Water Bureau and the City of Portland, Oregon are installing four 42″ LucidPipe Power Systems in the summer of 2013 and plans are underway for installation of several systems at the San Antonio Water System in San Antonio, Texas and in Haifa, Israel in 2013.
Lucid Energy received its first patent in May 2011 and the company has filed continuations of this first patent and subsequent patents on more recent innovations to the technology. A second patent was issued in January 2013. The company is also filing patents outside the U.S. in countries where hydropower is a rich and important component of their economic future.