After passing a series of tests and evaluation, the S-Turbine research project was inaugurated and turned-over to the Cabacanan Farmer Cooperative, Alimodian, Iloilo on March 28, 2018. It now helps supply water for the irrigation and household needs of the cooperative members.
Combining the principles of hydraulics, physics and engineering, the device controls and magnifies the speed and power of rapids or streams. It has the potential to supply water for irrigation canals for improved food production and for micro-hydropower system to energize homes without smoke emissions.
The main purpose of the project is to reduce the dependence on fossil fuel to pump potable water supply for household and irrigation projects or to generate micro hydro-power plants. The mechanical hydraulic machine was designed by Engr. Salvador Senorio.
The S-Turbine is among the three completed out of the four projects funded by USAID. The other two are the Multi-Powered Drying System for Food Processing which was turned-over to the Magagmay nga Kristyanong Katilingban organization at Brgy. Tiabas, San Dionisio, Iloilo and the Bioactive Hyaluronic Acid from Heads of Silver-Banded Whiting for Nutraceutical Use: Characterization and Biocompatibility Assessment of the Extracted Hyaluronic Acid which is under negotiation for technology transfer to a private nutraceutical company.