Peace Fountain at sunset
The current fountain consumes 300MWh annually
Enough energy to power more than 50 homes.
Design Efficiently
The combination of more efficient LED lighting and modern nozzles will reduce the energy use of the fountain significantly.

Design Assumptions:

Design Efficiently
Aerial of Detroit River


Lake Huron & Lake St. Clair are funneled through the narrow channel of the Detroit River, producing a fast-moving body of water. The proximity of the fountain to the Detroit River presents an opportunity to make use of the river current to produce renewable energy to power the fountain.
Toward a Net Zero solution
Underwater turbines near to Reaume Park could be used to power the Peace Fountain. These turbines generate emission-free electricity from river currents and could directly power the fountain, and potentially also connect directly into community grids using smart grid technology.

Animation of underwater turbine
Table of renewable energy potential
Renewable Potential
Based on power outputs at various water velocities provided by the Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) for two of their underwater turbine systems, we estimated the percentage of the fountain’s energy use that could be covered by renewable hydrokinetic energy. We are presenting the results at different water velocities as there is insufficient river data at Reaume Park to make a concise determination of water velocity. Actual river current velocities require verification via on-site measurement. Anecdotal evidence from numerous groups who work in the river have stated that the river's water velocity is very high.
How it Works
The system works by using the river's current to spin turbines attached to a submersible raft. The raft can raise itself to the surface for maintenance. The advantages to hydrokenetic power over other renewable options are many: 

We're working on the implementation of this system with the Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) in the Detroit River.

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Rendering of underwater turbine