CEO, President, Lead Designer Hydrokinetic Energy Corp. Key West, FL, United States
To date there are no commercial Hydrokinetic turbines available that function efficiently and can extract energy in flow velocities below 1 m/s or 2 kn. There are countless locations in the US and globally where low flow speeds are recorded but no energy can be produced because of the lack of devices for this type of flow environment. Low flow velocities are often encountered in aquaculture facilities, as well as remote micro-grids, off-grid communities, native lands and even connected end-users in coastal communities where tidal flow or riverine flow is available.
Tremendous public benefits could be reaped by the installation of Hydrokinetic turbines capable of producing low-cost electricity in low flow velocities. These aquaculture facilities, remote micro-grids, on and off-grid communities often rely either on diesel generators or expensive grid connections to have electricity available. They would benefit greatly from the installation of low-cost hydrokinetic turbines that provide abundant electricity at an affordable price. Low-cost electricity would increase profitability of businesses and elevate the standard of living of the consumers.
Hydrokinetic Energy Corp. has designed and developed a proprietary Wildlife and Debris Excluder (WDE).
a. Normally, such a device creates turbulence and some water flow blockage which diminishes the performance. Instead, our WDE enhances and increases the water flow velocity and the subsequent the energy output. This concept is can be attached to any turbine or other developer’s device.
b. This arrangement deflects debris that could damage the turbine or the blades.
c. HEC’s design ensures that its turbines do not harm marine life. We believe that it is pointless to produce renewable energy which does not maximize wildlife protection.
These effects of the WDE further augment the through flow velocity and the rotor RPM and torque. This “Vorticized Flow Inducing Wildlife and Debris Excluder” as we call it, further benefits the turbine by increasing energy extraction at low flow velocities.