Vortex Hydro Energy has exclusive license to commercialize a University of Michigan patented, hydrokinetic

power generating device, the VIVACE converter, which harnesses hydrokinetic energy of river and ocean

currents. This converter is unlike water turbines as it does not use propellers. VIVACE uses the physical

phenomenon of vortex induced vibration in which water current flows around cylinders inducing transverse

motion. The energy contained in the movement of the cylinder is then converted to electricity.

The VIVACE converter is a transformational technology. It taps into a vast new source of clean and

renewable energy, that of water currents as slow as 2 to 4 knots previously off limits to conventional

turbine technology that target rivers with water currents greater than 4 knots. The vast majority of

river/ocean currents in the United States are slower than 3 knots.


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