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The first half of 2013 was filled with progress on both the product development and commercialization fronts. Product development effort focused primarily on readying designs for commercial release of the SLH100. On the business development side, work proceeded on two fronts: 1) sales in the United States for built water infrastructure applications; and 2) building a solid international sales pipeline.

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Following on the heels of a busy first half of 2013, the balance of the year is full of continued progress. In August, CEO Gia Scheider will join a panel discussion at the “Pathway to 2050: Achieving California’s Advanced Energy Goals” event hosted by the Advanced Energy Economy.

Work continues on a number of projects, and as construction commences, we will include additional information on the build progress.


01 project focus


Natel has projects in varying stages of development with customers and partners in California, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, Maine and Chile.

Plans remain on track to proceed to construction on the first SLH100 project late in 2013. This project is located in Oregon, at an existing drop structure in an irrigation canal.

02 product development


Activity in the first two quarters of 2013 has focused heavily on advancing the SLH100 design to readiness for manufacturing.

SLH scale model hydraulic test facility
To support the development of the 0.5 MW rated SLH100 system, Natel decided to build a scale model hydraulic test facility at its headquarters in Alameda. The design was reviewed by Alden Hydraulic Laboratory, the oldest continuously operating hydraulic test facility in the U.S.; and built to IEC standards governing the scale testing of hydraulic turbines.
 
The test facility runs a 6.4:1 exact scale model of the SLH100 and enables precise, frequent data gathering on the hydroEngineTM's performance.
Peder Aune puts the finishing touches on part of the scaled-down version of the SLH100.
Adam Reich and Kevin Morris install the small-scale SLH100 in the hydraulic test facility.
Since completion, the testing schedule in the facility has been very active. Alex Conn conducts a series of tests to evaluate performance at a range of machine settings.
SLH100
On the SLH100 front, the focus has been on life testing the most critical components of the system subjected to high-cycle fatigue at full 0.5 MW scale. Work has also progressed on exploring new materials and methods of fabrication to build stronger, lighter components.

Sealing is a critical element in the hydroEngineTM. Rodrigo Linares works on one element of the shaft sealing assembly.
Erick Davidson inspects one of the fatigue test rigs in Natel's fatigue testing center.

03 business development


Natel's continued technical progress is driving strong commercial interest and sales pipeline growth. In the first quarter, Natel hosted a Town Hall with the Governor's Office of Business & Economic Development at our offices. A lively discussion of the various resources in the East Bay and at the California state level that are available to foster economic growth in the clean tech space ensued.
Hydropower overall is seeing a resurgence in interest - it is one of the few areas of common ground in Congress, with strong bipartisan support for several key bills aimed at unlocking untapped potential hydropower across the U.S: H.R. 267, the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act and H.R. 678, the Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act, and their Senate companions, S. 545 and S. 306, respectively.

04 media & outreach


In May, Natel was profiled in an article in Power Magazine. Also in May, Natel presented at the Association of California Water Agencies conference. Eric Thompson represented Natel at the event, backed up by a new and improved set of informational banners.

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