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Natick Pond Dam will be site of hydro power

July 24, 2013

The Natick Pond Dam will be the site of the first Archimedes Screw in the United States. A pair of the hydroelectric devices will be developed on the site by a company from North Kingstown to create clean electric energy. Jeremiah Ryan. Daily Times.

WEST WARWICK — A company based out of North Kingstown was awarded a grant by the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC) to assist in the construction of a hydro-electric plant in West Warwick.

The board of directors for RIEDC approved a $200,000 recoverable grant through the Renewable Energy Fund (REF) Pre-Development Feasibility Study Program and provided it to JAL Hydro, LLC.

Although this money is less than half of what the company needs to construct the plant, it’ll help get the ball rolling.

The total project, which is expected to be done by 2014, will cost the company approximately $2 million.

JAL Hydro, LLC. is looking to development two Archimedes Screw Generators on the Natick Pond Dam in West Warwick.

Once constructed, the project will generate a combined power output of 296 kilowatts (kW).

These unique generators will be supplied by New England Hydropower Company LLC (NEHC), who are working alongside JAL Hydro to develop the information, proposed studies and site investigations required by federal, state and local permits, begin the preliminary design, structural engineering and interconnection, license and permit preparation and final engineering design.

Michael Kerr, CEO of NEHC, said, “We are really pleased to be working with JAL Hydro on this first Archimedes Hydro Screw project in the U.S. We have a true partnership in all facets of the development.”

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