Hydro-Kinetic turbines deployed across the world

Oct 31, 2012   //   by admin   //   Knowledge Base  //  1 Comment


Hydro-Kinetic turbines deployed across the world


Renewable Power Generation from Ocean Wave, Tidal Stream, River Hydrokinetic, Ocean Current, and Ocean Thermal Technologies. The marine and hydrokinetic industry is gradually progressing as the technologies are getting better, major energy companies and utilities are making savings, industry associations are gaining lobby power, and governments complete or update their country-level deployment targets and roadmaps, pass competitive financial incentives, and (in many cases) gather public support. But now the industry stands at a critical point and must deliver on its guarantee or risk losing investor interest and political support.


There are more than 100 marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) technologies being researched by companies and various organizations, together with some strong university-industry partnerships. classy and well-financed testing centres are accelerate R&D activities and, as the focus now move to commercialization, are also studying the potential environmental and other impact of deploying hundreds of devices and transmission lines in areas that are frequent by fishermen, transport vessels, and marine life. Countries that have strong marine resources, such as the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, South Korea, and Portugal, have devoted to supporting the industry in some capability ‘ with the United Kingdom being the clear head. This Pike Research report analyzes the global market opportunities to connect marine and hydrokinetic technologies for power generation. The study examines various MHK technologies including ocean wave, tidal stream, river hydrokinetic, ocean current, and ocean thermal technologies, assess the relative advantages and disadvantages of the various options. profile and SWOT analysis are provide for key industry players and full market forecasts for installed capacity and revenue expand through 2017.


Which countries will lead in marine and hydrokinetic energy development over the next 6 years and why? How did the global financial crisis and depression affect the marine and hydrokinetic market? Which companies are leading the group for developing and deploying wave, tidal, ocean current, river hydrokinetic, and ocean thermal technologies? What countries have the best hold up for deployment of marine and hydrokinetic technologies? What does it cost to deploy and activate marine and hydrokinetic technologies? How do the various marine and hydrokinetic technologies evaluate against other renewable energy options? How much revenue will be generated by grid-connected marine and hydrokinetic technologies by 2017? .Renewable energy developer Free Flow Power Corporation has been successfully operating its initial full-scale hydrokinetic turbine generator in the Mississippi River since June 20, 2011, Free Flow Power reported.







In February and November of last year, the company tested its turbine in a forced flow at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Conte Anadromous Fish Laboratory at Turner Falls, Mass.
The current hydrokinetic deployment represent the first time the equipment has generate electricity in the Mississippi River. This operation is the conclusion of three years of research and development by Free Flow Power, funded with a mixture of private capital and a $1.4 Million Advanced Water Power funding from the U.S. Department of Energy.

The turbine is installed on a research surface platform that include instrumentation to allow the Free Flow Power research team to check key performance metrics like stream velocity, electrical current and voltage to estimate the turbine’s performance.



The Dow Chemical Company is supporting Free Flow Power’s efforts by hosting the floating demonstration installation at the company’s dock along the Mississippi River at Plaquemine, La. After several weeks and many hours of nonstop generation, Dr. Ed Lovelace, chief technology officer for the company, had spoken satisfaction with the results. “Performance to

Date has been consistent with our design predictions, which makes it very economical with published data on similar devices being developed around the world,” said Lovelace. “The equipment is handling the Mississippi River conditions without power interruption or degradation.”

Lovelace added: “It’s pretty clear that river hydrokinetics provides a steady, nonstop and expected renewable energy source. These attributes, combine with limited land use, no fuel requirements and closeness to grid infrastructure and safeguarding access make river hydrokinetics a unique value proposal in the renewable energy market.”

Free Flow Power is pursuing approvals from state and federal regulator led by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to install array of its hydrokinetic turbines at various locations in the Mississippi River that would offer enough power to represent a feasible alternative to conventional power plants.

Free Flow Power is a renewable energy company focus on hydropower, hydrokinetic and hydro pumped storage as dependable, cost-effective sources of electricity and grid stability.








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