The Helios PowerBall is a unique innovation inspired by a long proven technology: the waterwheel. The PowerBall produces clean electricity at low cost from moving water in canals, industrial water loops, rivers, tidal flows and the base of dams.

The patented Helios PowerBall protects the generation components inside, a power cable exits the device through the shaft which allows simple and low cost installation. Individual PowerBalls can be connected into an array, creating HydroFarms, which allows the power output to be scaled up to multi-MW level. The aggregated output is only limited by the water flow.

There is tremendous generation potential from Helios PowerBalls and HydroFarms the world over. Several Gigawatts of power can be generated from existing dams and hundreds of thousands of miles of canals using the Helios PowerBall.  For example: from each mile of fast flowing canal more than 5 MW of clean, renewable energy may be generated with HydroFarms.

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Helios PowerBall Tailrace Deployment

Our first Hydro-Farm™ that is also grid connected installed in the Philippines. Our customer is very excited and happy with their installation. Much more to come for the Philippines!

Helios PowerBall™ Promotion Video

Benefits and Features of the Helios PowerBall:

  • Provides an enormous source of Zero Emission, Renewable Energy Credits (REC) and Carbon Credits for off-grid and grid-tied users
  • Can cope with debris, silt and extreme flow conditions better than any other micro hydro system
  • It is environmentally friendly, does not impede aquatic passage and is harmonious with the flow of the stream and surrounding environment
  • Monetizes the existing investments and brings immediate efficiency gains to existing hydroelectric dams and canals
  • Predictable, high Capacity Factor power which can be utilized as base-load and a source of black-start and back-up for other generation resources
  • Does not touch spillway, canal or river bottom, even during times of zero flow
  • 5 Year Unconditional Guarantee / Lifetime warranty against manufacturer’s defects
  • Proudly made in the USA

HELIOS POWERBALL & HELIOS POWERWHEEL PRODUCT LINES

To meet the needs of the Off-Grid, Grid-Tied, Commercial and Industrial users, Helios is developing a range of PowerBall units from 100w to 4 kW and PowerWheel units from 5 kW to 40 kW. Helios PowerBalls are offered with standard features and design in smaller sizes. Helios PoweWheels can be custom designed for larger and specific projects. Both product features can include auto extraction in case of unusually high water and specific grid interface design.

General Data PB500 PB100
Power output 500W 100W
PowerBall Dimensions W 24.5in x H38in or W 62.2cm x H 96.5cm W 16.5in x H 24in or W 51.9cm x H 61cm
Weight ~150 lbs. or ~69kg ~100 lbs. or ~45kg
PowerBall material Drive assembly composed of aluminum and stainless, shell is aluminum Drive assembly composed of aluminum and stainless, shell is aluminum
Mount In-Stream type: aluminum or steel frame In-Stream type: aluminum or steel frame
Operational Data
Shell RPM  60 unloaded, 30 when generating 60 unloaded, 30 when generating
Minimum flow velocity 6feet/sec or 1.8meters/sec 6f/s or 1.8m/s
Maximum flow velocity 15f/s or 4.6m/s 15fps or 4.6m/s
Minimum flow volume ~6cfs or ~.17cms ~2cfs or ~.06cms
Minimum ambient temperature Freezing (combination of water and air temps when ice forms) Freezing (combination of water and air temps when ice forms)
Maximum ambient temperature ~118⁰F or ~47.8⁰C (combination of water and air temps) ~118⁰F or ~47.8⁰C (combination of water and air temps)
Generator and power electronics
Generator type Permanent magnet Permanent magnet
Output type 3 phase AC output 3 phase AC output
Rated power 600w 200w
Voltage 12VAC / 24VAC / 48VAC / 96VAC / 120VAC 12VAC / 24VAC / 48VAC / 96VAC / 120VAC
Number of poles 12 12
Cooling type Air cooled Air cooled
Rated RPM 600 600
Protection rating IP54 IP54
Case material Aluminum Aluminum
Magnet material 38SH NdFeB 38SH NdFeB
Drivetrain and mounting
Type of gearing Gear driven Gear driven
Gear lubrication Self-lubricating Self-lubricating
Gear ratio 21.26:1 21.26:1
Annual Maintenance Complete device inspection, lube bearings Complete device inspection, lube bearings
Shaft Material Stainless steel Stainless steel
Mounting type Suspension from spanning structure Suspension from spanning structure
Counterweight Assembly Steel arms, stainless support shaft, iron or concrete weights Steel arms, stainless support shaft, iron or concrete weights
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