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Natel has released its Sixth update video, highlighting the Monroe Hydro Project, and Natel’s final work prior to shipping the SLH100 for installation in the Monroe project.

01 Project Focus

Monroe + Apple announcement for Earth Day
In recognition of Earth Day, Natel was honored to announce partnering with Apple on the Monroe Hydro Project in Central Oregon. 
Monroe project civil works nearing completion
March and April saw major progress on completing the civil works for the Monroe Hydro Project. As of the end of April, all of the major civil works were complete, including the intake, penstock and draft tube. 
Monroe canal water on
The construction team hit a major milestone on April 7, completing all of the civil works that touch the canal ahead of the start of irrigation season. The plant civil works passed the initial test of water tightness with flying colors - at the left is a photo of the intake slide gate from inside the penstock after water on. 
Mayo Mill update
The Mayo Mill project in Maine continues to advance through the necessary development stages. The developer Arnold Development, Natel Energy and the subcontractors have been working on site tours, engineering planning and construction coordination.  

02 Product Development

SLH100 assembly complete

All major systems of the SLH100 unit to be installed at the Monroe Hydro Project were integrated together over the last 2 months into the SLH100 housing.  These systems include the inlet guide vane, the upper and lower flow guide shrouds, hydraulic system routing, and all sensors. 
High speed cassette spinning tests completed
After integration of all the SLH100 modules, the cassette was spun at high speed inside and outside of the housing.  Spinning tests utilize all parts of the SLH100 from the control system to electrical, hydraulic, and mechanical systems.  This successful spin test helps ensure all systems will operate properly when the turbine begins operation.

All guide vane 1 foils received and tested

The SLH100’s 4 composite guide vanes redirect flow into the moving blades and are integral to the hydroEngine’s™ efficiency.  Design and supply chain development of the guide vanes proceeded over the last year, and in April this process concluded when the final production guide vanes were fatigue tested under full operational loads.
Guide vane module installed and tested
The inlet guide vane module is a hydraulic system which rotates the guide vanes to achieve optimal hydraulic efficiency as flow rate changes.  In April, this system was fully assembled and run through all operation scenarios by the SLH100 control system.

Shrouds complete

The upper and lower shrouds guide flow smoothly around the top and bottom of the cassette as it sits in the housing.  Last month the shrouds were fully assembled and welded together to form one continuous flow surface.

04 Business development

Visit from Prime Minister of Bhutan

The Prime Minister of Bhutan, Tshering Tobgay, visited Natel in March as part of a tour of cutting-edge technology companies in the Bay Area. The Prime Minister was very interested in learning about the sustainable, utility-scale hydropower development potential of EcoSmartHydro™. Natel will work with the Bhutanese government to assess the potential for EcoSmartHydo™ in the country. The Prime Minister was accompanied by staff and representatives of the World Wildlife Fund, which is engaged in ecological preservation efforts in Bhutan. 
Wireless Energy visits
Monroe drop site
Nelson Stevens of Wireless Energy, Natel’s partner in Chile, visited the Monroe Drop project site in March to preview what Wireless’s canal projects will look like in Chile.  Wireless congratulated  Natel on the progress with the Monroe Drop project with a gift of Garage Wine , which comes from the same regions of Chile where hydroEngines™ will be installed in the coming years. 


Natel is hiring with open positions for:
- Hydropower project engineer
- Field tech

More opportunities to be listed on our careers page.
New team members: Taylor Stein
Taylor started work at Natel in February of this year.  At Natel, Taylor coordinates logistics and operations.  Taylor has spent the last 15+ years working with startups and interactive agencies including: support and development on a distance learning platform for University of Phoenix, energy trading platform sales engineer in Texas, and early team member of kite power generator Makani.  Taylor holds a B.S. in Psychology from the University of San Francisco.

New team members:
Sue Pieraccini Curry

Sue joined Natel in April of this year.  At Natel, Sue works as a marketing and administrative associate – providing support in the areas of administration, commercialization and marketing.  Her background is primarily in product marketing with additional experience in sales and support.  Sue holds a B.S. in Business Administration from St. Mary’s College of California.
New team members: Jason Currie
Jason joined the Natel team in April of this year.  Jason works as a mechatronics engineer at Natel.  He brings a range of experience in combining advanced control systems with fluid mechanics including work on a unique hydrokinetic turbine at HydroRun Technologies, and the modeling and control of a hydrodynamically actuated robot with UNB and Defence Research and Development Canada. Jason obtained a B.A. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, and a masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick.

04 Media and outreach

Recent and upcoming conferences

ACWA May 5-7, Sacramento, CA
In addition to our usual booth presence at ACWA, Natel's CEO Gia Schneider gave a well received case study on the Monroe project. 

Hydrovision, Portland, OR July 17
Natel will be at booth 3084 at HydroVision in Portland, and we look forward to seeing you there.  We may also be presenting updates in one of the sessions - keep an eye on the show guide.  


Recent and upcoming conferences

AWWA ACE Conference and the IH2O Innovation Pavilion, Anaheim, CA Jun 8-10
As part of Natel’s selection as an innovation leader in water technology in IH2O’s competition, Natel will join other companies in the Innovation Pavilion at the ACE Conference.  Please stop by the Innovation Pavilion, or come by the two sessions at which we will present:

Financing Innovation Panel on June 8 at 11:30
Hydro Roundtable on June 10 at 11:00

New Natel landing page

Natel has updated the landing page to highlight the product resources found throughout the rest of the site. Information and useful documentation is found on the Technology and Products pages, as well as the many other pages on our website.

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