Floating Drum Turbine (FDT)

This product is an innovative Microturbine utilized for distributed generation of hydroelectricity from the water streams (canals/rivers). The microturbine is registered in the WIPO-PCT system, and has been granted the UK & Iran patents and also the Iran trademark. Additionally, Solar Impulse Efficient Solution Label by Solar Impulse Foundation and GGA Cleantech Award by International Trade Council have been granted to this microturbine.

This microturbine consists of an undershot waterwheel floated on a water stream using a buoyant skid anchored to the water bankside using some cables or hinged arms (Fig. 1,2). The waterwheel and its coupled generator are rotated by the water stream that causes generating electricity.

Fig. 1 – FDT concept
Fig. 2 – FDT installation types (Left: Cable mounted, Right: Hinge mounted)

We have designed, built, and tested our turbine prototype operationally in TRL-7 (Fig. 3,4), and also have publicly presented our turbine’s Concept, Prototype, and MVP at the 10th, 11th, and 12th Iran International Renewable Energy Exhibition in 2018, 2019, and 2022 in Tehran. Now, our product is completely ready to be delivered to interested customers who have an appropriate water stream.

Fig. 3 – FDT 3D-model


Fig. 4 – FDT prototype in operation