what's new

Check out the newly released photo gallery of the new Free-Jet hydroEngine®, and the Freedom, ME Hydro Project where the first unit was installed.

Natel is hiring! View all open positions on the Natel careers page.



01 Product Development

New FJ14 hydroEngine complete
Natel has completed production of the first FJ14 hydroEngine. The “Free-Jet” hydroEngine shares many innovations with the “Fully Flooded” hydroEngine, but uses a jet of water instead of flow through a fully flooded housing to produce torque. The Free-Jet offers the advantages of a crossflow turbine, but is more compact and scalable due to the hydroEngine’s linear drive train.

Assembly underway on belt testing system

Assembly is underway on a system to test new belt configurations for Natel’s hydroEngines. These new belts will help us expand head, flow and power ranges for future hydroEngines.

02  Project Focus

New FJ14 hydroEngine successfully installed at Freedom, ME Hydro Project.
Natel’s new “Free-Jet” hydroEngine was recently installed at an old mill in Freedom, Maine.  The project is rated to produce 35kW and will provide a reliable source of electricity to a restaurant and school located in the refurbished mill house.

03 Business Development

Improvements to Natel’s new Building 23 facility underway

Work continues on improvements to Natel’s new Building 23 facility, which houses Natel’s corporate headquarters, R&D and, upon completion, initial production line. Machines were purchased for the machine shop, electrical work has begun, and work to select a gantry crane commenced.  Here, Engineering Project Manager Katie McKinstry mocks up a gantry crane support member on the main facility floor.
Natel is currently hiring for several engineering positions. Please check the website for a full list.

New Team Member: Kevin Lowe

Kevin is a Mechatronics Engineer working on the control and health monitoring platform for Natel's hydroEngines. He brings a range of experience developing software for industrial systems. He led development of a thermal imaging inspection product at ClearVision Technologies and developed hydraulic controls at the eatART laboratory in Vancouver, BC. Kevin joined Natel after his most recent work on microgrid project development on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua. Kevin holds a BASc from the University of British Columbia.
New Team Member: Dorothy Payne
Dorothy joined the Natel team as Office Manager, providing administrative support and advice for human resources, purchasing, travel, facilities and corporate records. She brings her extensive experience and certification in human resources from her years with Kiewit Infrastructure West and as an area staffing specialist with Right At Home Services, Inc. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in political science from Dominican University. 

New Team Member: Kimberly Kato Chambliss

Kim is responsible for Accounts Payable activities for Natel, returning to the work force after several years as a full time mom and homemaker.  Previously, Kim provided administrative, legal and accounting support for executives at Travelocity in San Francisco and Bin to Bottle in Napa Valley.

04 Media and Outreach

Natel at Hydrovison 2016
Natel will display at booth 206 at Hydrovision International from July 26-29 in Minneapolis. Natel will have a large contingent there from our technical and commercial teams, and we look forward to connecting with you there!

Clean Energy Ministerial 7 (CEM7)

Natel will present in the Startups & Solutions Showcase at the CEM7 at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, on June 1 & 2, 2016. Natel’s CEO, Gia Schneider, will speak at a roundtable for global energy ministers and renewable energy thought leaders discussing the importance of corporate sourcing of renewable energy as a market driver. Please stop by our booth to see our demo display! 
Baseload Renewable Energy Summit
Gia Schneider will speak at the Baseload Renewable Energy Summit in Reno, NV on June 7 & 8. She will be speaking on a panel entitled "New Technologies that Increase Value and Diversity for Future Power Systems." The theme this year is “Baseload Renewable Technologies: Keys for Economic Growth & Environmental Quality,” which is aligned with Natel's focus on meeting baseload renewable energy needs delivered with ecosystem co-benefits.  

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