Gallery: Portable Hydroelectric Generator is a Backpack Power Plant


This portable new product promises energy on the go – and we don’t mean a Power Bar. Bourne Energy’s Backpack Power Plant is a hydroelectric generator that you can strap on just like a bookbag. It can produce electricity from any pretty much any stream of water, meaning that it’s quite a bit more useful than a Power Bar to boot.

The BPP is 3 feet long and weighs less than 30 pounds. It is self-contained and holds its own integrated power control, cooling and sensor systems. The generator is quite adaptable, and each unit generates up to 500 watts per unit. Each generator can work by itself, or can be tied to other units to generate up to 30 kW of power, which is pretty good power output for the $3,000 price tag.

No word on the release date yet, but the company claims that it has received significant interest in the product from the military. We can definitely see use for these in disaster relief situations and to bring power to some remote communities.

+ The Backpack Power Plant


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  1. solarfree September 12, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    how about a self-contained hydro-electric power. no bigger than a foot locker. Have this in every house and tie back to grid

  2. John Culbertson August 28, 2013 at 9:38 am

    I posted this site to my Facebook group Alternative power

  3. Hawks Wode March 20, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    I am from a Dande # 2 village, in Kiunga, North FlyDisrict in Western Province, Papua New Guinea. I see the Portable Hydroelectric Generator a priviledge for to have power in my home.
    I wish to purchase one with step up inverter which can produce 30 KV.
    I be glad if you can kindly provide me information to purchase this product.

  4. paul yeatman July 9, 2011 at 12:10 am

    my personal portible power plant is beter than yours it runs and recycles its own water

  5. trademan53 April 18, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    more details would be nice, how deep does the water have to be? what minumum flow rates needed to generate electricity, and when will it be available to the public

  6. March 8, 2010 at 9:54 am

    I need to Video also,

    the article is not clear for me

  7. vernon marsh March 4, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    I would sure like to see a video of this thing in action.

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