Cetus Energy has received a funding of $1.6m from the Victorian Coalition Government for a hydro-electricity project in Victoria, Australia.

The hydro power project uses Victorian-developed technology to harness kinetic energy in open water flow to generate power.

Cetus Energy’s blade turbine system can harness the power of open water flows from multiple directions.

Cetus Energy will deploy a 100kW system in the outfall flows of the Rubicon Hydroelectric Scheme, 40km south-west of Alexandra, with 10 turbines drawing energy from the water flowing in the channel system.

Victoria Energy and Resources Minister Michael O’Brien said Cetus Energy had been granted funding of $1.6m under the Victorian Energy Technology Innovation Strategy (ETIS) to demonstrate its technology at AGL’s Rubicon Valley hydroelectric plant north-east of Melbourne.

"This exceptional Victorian-developed technology can extract significant energy from outfall flows that cannot be tapped by normal hydro power plants," O’Brien said.

"These technologies have the potential to make an important contribution to Victoria’s energy mix in the future and by supporting these projects the Government is helping to create new highly skilled jobs, build Victorian expertise and attract investment to the state."

The Victorian Government boosted funding for the ETIS by $41m in the 2011-2012 Budget.