DesignPro Renewables Hydrokinetic Turbine is a tidal hydrokinetic turbine that can float on rivers and estuary with capacity of 25kW and 60kW that enable users to harness clean, predictable energy.
The DesignPro Renewables hydrokinetic turbine is manufactured by an Irish company called DesignPro Renewables. It is designed to harness the kinetic energy from flowing water found in rivers and estuaries. The turbine generates clean, renewable energy from flowing water. The concept of the device exploits the natural phenomenon that occurs when flowing water comes into contact with an object or obstruction. By using such an obstacle as part of the design, water is compressed and accelerates as it is diverted out and around the bluff body. DesignPro Renewables’ technology involves two vertical axis turbines placed on each side of a teardrop shaped vessel. The vessel, coupled with the blade pitch control system, speeds up the water into the turbines to produce significant energy in low flows of water, according to DesignPro.
Direct order from the manufacturer.
Retail price was not found but it was stated that it is funded with €1.9 million from EU’s Horizon 2020 SME Instrument program. Levelized Cost of Energy of €0.27 per kW.
Other small scale micro hydro power devices such as Turbulent Vortex Turbine or Smart Turbine by Smart hydro power turbine.
Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy
Microgrid and independent users. People with unstable grid electricity, people wanting to transition from diesel to renewable and people looking for alternative/hybrid electricity supply.
Pilot scale production of 25kW and later in 2019, manufacture of 60kW model.
Direct from manufacturer DesignPro Renewable.
Pilot scale of 25kW installed in 2018 in France.
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The DesignPro Renewables hydrokinetic turbine is designed as a tidal turbine for generating electricity from flowing estuaries and rivers. The capacity is 25kW and 60kW with a dimension of 6m by 2.5m.
All technical support is provided by the manufacturer.
It has a unique bluff-body, vertical-axis turbine with a capacity of 25kW and 60kW floating system. The floating bluff increases the flow speed to blades either side of it, producing energy up to eight times more efficiently. It is not permanently fixed so it can be moved easily if required. The turbine blades can also be raised and lowered making access for maintenance straight- forward.
Operational and environmental testing and power curves verified by Bureau Veritas standard.
No known hazards
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Stratigaki, V. and Mouffe, L., 2019. Ocean Energy in Belgium-2019. OES Annual Report 2019, pp.48-53.
The product received the Bureau Veritas standard certification.
Extensive operational and environmental testing and power curves verification by Bureau Veritas standard done for 12 months.
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