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Bio Mimicry HEP Solutions

Bio Mimicry

Bio Mimicry

Bio mimicry offers an empathetic, interconnected understanding of how life works and ultimately where we fit in. A practice learns from and mimics the strategies used by species alive today. Biomimetic or bio mimicry is the emulation of the models, systems, and elements of nature for solving complex human problems.

Our R&D cycles are slow, and climate change won՚t wait – we must look to the biological blueprints that have been successful over millennia to launch groundbreaking ideas, faster.

HEP Potential

HEP Potential

HEP Dangers

HEP Dangers

Dangers of Damming

Dangers of Damming

Solutions

Types of Solutions
  • The California-based company Natel Energy has collaborated with Microsoft founder Bill Gates՚ investment firm Breakthrough Energy Ventures to create a new, blunt-edged turbine that improves fish survival. As well as saving fish, Natel՚s turbine aims to create climate-resilient hydropower that can withstand the vagaries of unpredictable rainfall.
  • Traditional hydropower plants work by harnessing the force and pressure of water flowing from a high point to a lower point through chutes in a dam. Near the bottom of the chute sits a turbine, water spins the turbine, which creates power that can be transmitted to businesses and homes. However, this is also the main passage for migrating fish such as salmon or eel, which can be caught in the mechanism՚s thin, sharp blades.
  • Natel՚s turbine uses curved thick blades; because of the nature of their design, the turbine can double allowed strike speeds. Thick blade creates a pressure zone that helps shed material out of its path, almost like an airbag for the fish, so the impact is minimal. As extended drought or flooding threatens regions throughout the world and climate change prompts unusual weather patterns, Natel՚s reimagined form of hydropower could actually make watersheds more adaptable – need machine learning and satellite imageries.
  • If done sustainably, hydropower can work as a green fuel source with a number of side benefits, including flood control, irrigation, drought mitigation, and water supply.
  • Natel՚s turbine is paired with satellite technology that allows hydropower plant operators to monitor changing watershed conditions such as the spring “green up” (that is, when snow melts and plants begin to grow) and more accurately forecasts water flow.
Forecasts Water Flow
  • Before human intervention and the creation of aqueducts and canals, most North American rivers were clogged with woody debris and beaver dams. Cascades that mimic beaver structures cause water to slow down, creating small ponds and wetlands; this gives sufficient time for water to seep into the ground, which in turn raises the water table. A higher water table means more groundwater storage, which helps watersheds ride out long stretches of drought.
  • These linked distributed systems are specifically designed to restore river connectivity for fish and other wildlife, enhance water-supply sanitation and agricultural productivity, and support the livelihoods and socio-economic development of local communities smaller individual projects that are linked into groups operated in coordination so that we can generate hydropower without large dams
Distributed Systems

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