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.
Pilot scale production of 25kW and later in 2019, manufacture of 60kW model.
Intellectural Property Type
User Provision Model
Direct from manufacturer DesignPro Renewable.
Distributions to Date Status
Pilot scale of 25kW installed in 2018 in France.
Output voltage: (VAC)
110 VAC or 220 VAC
Power output, min (kW at head, flow rate)
Power output, max (kW at head, flow rate)
Output frequency (Hz)
50 or 60 Hz
Minimum required head (m)
Minimum required flow rate (L/s)
Number of nozzles
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.
Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters
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.
Vetted Performance Status
Operational and environmental testing and power curves verified by Bureau Veritas standard.
No known hazards
Complementary Technical Systems
Academic Research and References
Flambard, J., Amirat, Y., Feld, G., Benbouzid, M. and Ruiz, N., 2019. River and estuary current power overview. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, 7(10), p.365.
Kougias, I. and Schleker, T., 2019. Hydropower technology development report 2018.
Stratigaki, V. and Hensmans, J., 2021. Ocean Energy in Belgium-2020. OES Annual Report 2020, pp.52-59.
Stratigaki, V. and Mouffe, L., 2019. Ocean Energy in Belgium-2019. OES Annual Report 2019, pp.48-53.
Compliance with regulations
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.