US-based small hydropower technology developer HeliosAtlas and Philippine power trading and project development firm DA Green Power Consulting (DAGPC) have announced a distribution and development partnership for the Philippine market.

Under the terms of the $16.2 million agreement, HeliosAtlas’s PowerWheel small hydro technology (pictured) will be distributed in the Philippines and aimed at the off-grid, commercial, industrial and grid-tied sectors.

The PowerWheel is a modular suspended hydroelectric generator which HeliosAtlas says rises and falls automatically with changing water levels so that it does not catch debris. The firm says it can be deployed quickly and requires ‘little or no’ civil infrastructure work. Its units range from 5 kW to 40 kW and can be installed singly or in parallel.

Archimedes Flores, CEO of DAGPC, said: ‘This unique renewable technology can provide consistent baseload power at a significant cost savings to our customers. We already have a backlog of installations for the first year with more projects in discussion.’

HeliosAtlas describes the Philippines as ‘an ideal market’ for its technology.