The Oryon Watermill has been developed by Deepwater-Energy from an idea by founding partner Jaap Ory. Deepwater-Energy aims to offer an affordable and fish-friendly technology to capture energy from rivers and tides. The Oryon’s simple and robust construction ensures low construction and operating costs, and so a low cost of energy (LCOE).
After testing various prototypes at independent Dutch research institute Deltares, MARIN (Marine Research Institute Netherlands) and under real-life conditions in the Rhine and Oude Ijssel, the Doesburg river energy system will serve as the large-scale demonstrator.
The Oryon Watermill employs an innovative design that allows fish to pass through it unharmed. It is the first of its kind to be used in a Dutch waterway, and several water authorities in the Netherlands have expressed an interest in it because of its fish-friendly design.
When completed, the Doesburg facility will be a showcase project for both innovative, fish-friendly technology and using water power for sustainable energy. Both could have benefits for other local communities and water authorities throughout the Netherlands and beyond.