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Produces abundant, free and clean power with minimal interference to existing
hydroelectric systems
Will not pollute air or water or cause other environmental damage
Multi-purpose unit can be used in a number of medium to large power
generating applications and in simple power production applications for
operating well pumps, grain mills, and etc.
The KCT generator can work independently in a waterway or reservoir, or in
conjunction with a standard gravity fed hydroelectric system
The KCT generator can derive extra energy out of an existing conventional
hydroelectric system by incorporating the KCT as a secondary system,
generating up to 27% more energy during prototype testing, with output
expected to increase exponentially with the size of the vortex
Ability to be retroftted to existing hydroelectric schemes at fraction of cost of
new scheme.
Company Background
The KCT generator has been in development since the mid 1970s by inventor
Paul Kouris. The KCT Engineer had provisionally estimated that a vortex resulting
from a two-metre diameter penstock would potentially generate almost one-half
megawatt of hydroelectricity. Accordingly, the KCT was theoretically shown to
increase energy output by 5%, after adjustments. However a Proof of Concept/
Prototype was constructed that provided increases in output of up to 27%.
Following this, a KCT pilot plant was constructed and larger KCT plants are
ultimately expected to be introduced to waterways throughout Australia.
International Projects
George Washington University, in Washington D.C., USA, with the permission of
the inventor, has conducted independent corroborative KCT tests during July and
August 2008. These vortex tests confrmed the output potential of the KCT.
Australian Projects
University of Ballarat, Victoria
The University undertook small-scale laboratory test work in 2007 and confrmed
a ‘theoretical minimal energy contribution from the Coriolis Effect’ and supports
the benefts of the generation of hydropower from the fowing vortex.
Pilot Plant at Marysville, Victoria
Following a successful proof of concept, Australia’s frst KCT Pilot Plant was
constructed at Marysville, Victoria, in August 2008. The vortex and impeller testing
was a spectacular success. This demonstration plant harnesses only 110 litres/
sec and a 2m vortex, which is <1m deep. Nevertheless it still generated more
than enough electricity for a conventional house viz. >10kwh per day. Discussions
are now on foot with Tasmanian Hydro for the installation of a commercial
demonstration plant within the Poatina tailrace, near Launceston in Tasmania.
Mulwala KCT Commercial Proof of Concept
The Proposed project will prove the quantity of electricity able to be generated
on an ongoing basis by a 10m diameter vortex, having a depth of about 1.5m,
and a fow rate of about 1,500Lt of water per second. It will offer the opportunity
to develop the most effective design of impeller and placement within the vortex,
and to improve the infow of water and means of siting the vortex tank within a
waterway. It is expected to power 30-50 homes.
Fields of Commerce
Electricity generation, engineering design,
manufacture of products, outsourced
manufacture of company IP, product
installation, product maintenance and
servicing, project management
Management Team
Paul Kouris, Managing Director
David Sattler, Consulting Engineer
Rob Holland,
KCT Manufacturer and Licencee
Chris Thomson, Director
Certifcations and Quality Approvals
2007 KCT Nominated for the Wall Street
Journal 2007 Technology Innovation
Awards by Dr Harry Schaap, Federal
Advisor for Renewable Energy
2008 Victorian Department of
Sustainability and Environment (DSE)
Crown Licence granted for Marysville
KCT Pilot Plant site
2008 KCT Exhibited and Promoted by
Victorian Department of Innovation,
Industry & Regional Development
(DIIRD) at the Australian Pavilion of the
Korean International Energy Trade Fair
(SWEET 2008)
2001 Paul Kouris named as one of
Australia’s Top New Innovators by ‘The
2007 KCT receives D.I.I.R.D. Regional
Business Invest Ready Program
Grant for Preparation of KCT Investor
2007 KCT receives DIIRD Grant for
MENTRE Commercialisation & Growth
2008 KCT receives Sustainability Victoria
‘Renewable Energy Support Fund’ Grant
for Marysville Pilot Plant
Technology or Patent/Ownership
Patents Granted in the USA, Australia,
New Zealand, Brazil, Mexico, Canada,
Norway and Japan.
A further 10 Patents Pending in Europe