Zero Net Energy

Open Square generates electricity with its two, Victorian-Era hydro turbines, and similar vintage generators. This video below shows the start-up procedure for the “D” wheel, which involves regulating the flow of water entering the turbines, and stabilizing the electricity generated. Thereafter, the wheels are placed “on line” by connecting to the power grid. Shortly after this video was recorded, the start-up and shut-down procedure was converted to full automation. The process can now be monitored and controlled remotely from an iPad. Open Square is the country’s largest zero net energy mixed-use development. We create about 1/2 megawatt, enough to power about 500 homes.

The D Wheel

Video Courtesy of The Art Bureau