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Schneider Electric and Breakthrough Energy Ventures back Natel Energy’s ‘restoration hydro’

ImpactAlpha, April 8 – Hydropower accounts for about half of the world’s installed renewable energy capacity. But dams and other hydro infrastructure can be capital intensive and destructive to natural resources.

Female-founded and Alameda, Calif.-based Natel Energy says its low-cost, regenerative hydro technology delivers “habitat creation, improved water quality and sustained increases in groundwater and aquifer recharge rates.”

Natel has installed a small system in Maine, thanks in part of early proof-of-concept funding from the U.S Department of Energy. 

An $11 million investment from Schneider, the French electrical equipment giant, and Breakthrough Energy Ventures, the climate investment fund launched by Bill Gates, will support Natel’s project development pipeline.

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