Require Power Turbine Installation in High-Rise Buildings to Conserve Energy

Target: Michael Nearman, Building Standards Commission Executive Director

Goal: Require all buildings seven stories or higher install HyDro power turbines in their water pipes to generate electricity from falling water.

The state of California uses about 300,000 gigawatt hours of electricity annually. With that high of a quantity, it is imperative that the state takes advantage of all renewable energy sources in order to provide electricity without draining natural resources and contributing to global warming. Currently, over fifty percent of the total electricity system’s power in California is fueled by fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas.

Tom Broadbent, an industrial design student at De Montfort University in Leicester, UK has designed a product titled HyDro Power, which is a four blade power turbine that produces electricity from falling wastewater in high-rise buildings. Of his invention, Broadbent said, “The whole thing was influenced by traditional waterwheels to ensure that any solids passing through had limited effects on whether they could function.” HyDro Power is designed to harness the potential energy in the water pipes of buildings seven stories or higher to be used to power the building itself, which would save the building about $1,400 per year in electricity costs.

Approximately 1,800 gallons of water per year are flushed down the toilet of the average person. HyDro Power is a truly sustainable energy source due to the fact that the turbine can harness energy from a non-exhaustible resource without impacting the environment. Current methods of harnessing energy from water sources in California cause a great deal of environmental destruction by disrupting the natural habitats of local wildlife, whereas HyDro Power can be installed in any high-rise building without affecting the environment, or even the lifestyle of people living and working in these buildings where the turbines are installed.

By signing the petition below you will help urge the Building Standards Commission Executive Director to require HyDro power turbine installation in the water pipes in order to harness energy from falling water in all buildings seven stories or higher.


Dear Mr. Nearman,

HyDro Power, a device that is capable of utilizing falling wastewater to create energy, must be a required installation in buildings seven stories or higher in the state of California. The simple installation of a four blade turbine attached to a generator in every building higher than six stories will be a significant step towards California meeting its yearly energy reduction goals.

The average person uses 30,000 gallons of water per year, making the electricity generated from wastewater a renewable resource and a sustainable energy source. At this time, approximately half of California’s total electrical power comes from non-renewable fossil fuels. Requiring the installation of HyDro Power in high-rise buildings will cut California’s dependence on non-sustainable energy sources.

I am urging you to encourage the installation of hydroelectric power turbines in the water pipes of high-rise buildings in California. Please take actions to enforce policies that encourage harnessing green energy and promote environmental sustainability.


[Your Name Here]

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