This large Ottawa River reservoir of rapids can add 70 MW power without impacting on the environment. The Kipawa community, would benefit from its kinetic power of rapids. This would provide a return on investment within just a few years.
The 132 MW Tabaret project will eliminate the aquatic ecosystem of the Kipawa River to replace and unused 17 MW Unit and a 5 MW plant.
There are other, smarter and more reasonable options for producing hydro power on the Kipawa watershed: the HUG Hydro System. There are two approaches: one uses kinetic energy of moving water of the rapids and the second use the energy of gravity from small waterfalls.
In general, small and mini hydro power generation technology like HUGhave shorter gestation periods (approx. one year) compared to large hydro power plants (7 years). In addition, small and mini hydro give a higher return on investment due to the low capital investment and maintenance costs. The energy potential of small and mini hydro plants, which are easier to construct and commission due to simpler designs. This keeps costs down especially in remote areas like Labrador.
Energy costs of diesel electricity (not including capital costs) are very high: $0.63 per kWh vs. $0.15/kWhfor HUG
HUGextracts power from a water flow without the use of an expensive dam: Cost $1,000,000: $4000/kW
Laminar flow of theHUGcreates a boundary layer at the wall of the spiraling cylinder resulting in zero friction: this increases the velocity up tofour times.
The next largest sector is the Small Hydro Power (1Mw to 10 MW) and Large Hydro Power (more than 10 MW) markets deploying larger scaled-up HUG models in estuaries and ocean currents. With 102 estuaries in U.S. and over 3,000 globally, tidal estuaries are ideal sources of water power adding significantly to potential production.
The HUG innovation can also be in the Small Hydro category which had a market of $14 Billion in 2008 and experiencing a 16% growth per year. In 2015, Small Hydro will be a $40 Billion market typified by tidal estuaries and large river systems.
Mining Companies like Quest Rare Minerals have a serious energy problem, which could make or break their proposal.
Diesel Oil must be carted inland for hundreds of miles near Lac Brisson, Uyagalatok Rapids and Voisy Bay.