STUDIES, SERVICES AND TRAINING

Exploit the kinetic energy of the oceans and rivers is not a new idea.

Thousands of patents are recorded at the point where it is almost impossible to identify all. Several tenths of technologies are currently under development in the world at various steps.

This energy is now exploitable, however operators and users do not know how to find it out.

In this context only few true professionals who have made a full-time activity of these energies since a long time can provide relevant answers to the questions you may ask:

Exemple of an ADCP transect of a river, clearly showing that the currents are stronger near the surface and weaker at the bottom, and therefore where to settle the current turbine for an optimum production:

 

TRAININGS

We provide all trainings on current turbines and hydrokinetic energy, taylored made to your needs, with both practical and theoretical modules:

For an adapted training program, please consult us.

Question ?

From what current speed threshold can a tidal or river turbine be exploited ?

Except in special cases, it is generally accepted that the turbines can be economically viable on the spots with currents above 2 m/s (4 knots) at sea and 1 m/s (2 knots) in rivers. However, only a case-by-case basis study can determine the sustainability and return on investment of setting turbines, depending on local conditions, local cost of fossil fuels, the local cost of kwh, feed-in tariffs for electricity, the supply cost of remote sites, tax credit, etc.

Good to know :on remote islands the fosssil fuel kwh cost, produced by a genset, can broadly exceed 1,5 USD!