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Pumps can be used as turbines to generate low-cost electricity from existing pipe systems with no associated environmental impact.


Hydropower energy recovery is an effective response to rising energy prices. Pumps used as turbines can transform the surplus hydraulic energy of water into electricity. The newly generated electricity can be self-consumed or exported to the grid.


  • Short investment return time, especialy in the presence of high energy prices
  • Our PATs are Made in Italy; quick lead time and spare parts readly available
  • The turbine will be optimised to operate in a reliable and fail-safe way


SAER has a complete range of pump as turbine (PAT) that can meets several differents needs, both in terms of performances and design configuration to fit your system. Different materials are available to handle several kind of liquids, from cast iron to Duplex stainless steel.

Small and medium-scale modular hydropower generating sets suitable for sites up to 500+ kilowatts of nominal power. With low investment and maintenance costs, pumps as turbines allow the recovery of the energy from existing pipe networks and achieve considerable energy savings.

Instead of a specifically designed conventional turbine, we propose a standard water pump designed for reverse operations, which is easy to maintain and offers a low lifecycle cost. This technology allows water-intensive organisations (e.g. water, irrigation, mining companies) to conveniently exploit an untapped energy source in a cost-effective way.

PATs are suitable for applications in existing pipe systems where water pressure needs to be reduced or where water flows by gravity into a reservoir. Due to the use of existing infrastructure, all of this can be done with a negligible environmental impact.

SAER pump as turbine may find application in water, irrigation and industrial cooling, as well as in mines.

In feature image shows a recent success story undertaken by our partner Easy Hydro, check the link for more information: easyhydrosolutions.com/en/energy-recovery-from-the-water-supply-of-tara-mines/.

This Sponsored Editorial is brought to you by SAER Elettropompe S.p.A. For more information, contact info@saer.it.

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