Seaworthy power

Pierce, Julia
March 2005
Engineer (00137758);3/29/2005, Vol. 293 Issue 7671, p14
The article reports that turbines using existing designs could be placed inside large underwater pipes to produce a reliable, clean and cost-effective source of tidal power. Don Cutler, founder of the Weymouth-based engineering firm Tekflo, has been planning to develop his system in collaboration with Southampton University. A working model generating around l00kW should soon be tested offshore. The turbine and generator are positioned in the mid-section of the box, and are fitted as a module so they can easily be removed for maintenance. Each end of the box is slightly flared to act as a funnel for the water, gathering it into a narrower section that forms the entrance to the turbine.


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