Workman Floating Turbine
Workman Floating Turbine, East Canyon, Utah
- 600-Watt grid-tie hydro system
- No elevation head
- 6.0 fps water velocity
Robert Workman was the founder of “Goal-0” products. Gardner Energy has worked with Mr. Workman for years installing solar, wind and hydroelectric systems on his property to bring his energy bill to “0”. We have been experimenting with a floating hydro turbine. The system generates “wild” AC, 3-phase power from water velocity only which is rectified to DC power and sent through a solar inverter for a grid tie system. The system is only operational when temperatures are above freezing. Further testing will result in improvements. The key to a successful system is a large diameter pulley on the turbine and large paddle depths on the turbine.