This Turbine Can Provide 24/7 Renewable Energy from Slow Moving Water
07 July 2018
Waterotor Energy Technologies have been conducting tests for over 5 years and tested its water rotor in the Flume Tank at the Marine Institute while waiting for the licensing phase and the first level of production.
“These are tests here in the world’s biggest flow tank to verify last adjustments as we basically sign off on the production drawings for our manufacturers,” explains CEO and founder Fred Ferguson.
The Waterotor device has undergone $14 million worth of development and has attracted purchase agreements worth $4 million even before any promotional campaign began.
Unlike traditional hydroelectric methods that rely on tidal power or propeller devices in higher water-flow speeds, the device can operate in flows as slow as two miles per hour, extracting more than half the theoretical energy.
Bermuda could be the final testing ground for a prototype technology that generates electricity from slow-moving water currents, and in the long-run the Island might be able to harness a constant, renewable energy source to reduce or replace its reliance on fossil fuel to generate electricity.
Mr Ferguson has ties to the Island, which he has visited “hundreds of times”. He is a friend of businessman Kenny DeFontes, and his brother John Ferguson was news director with the Bermuda Broadcasting Company between 1968 and 1978.
“You take the capital costs, meaning the purchase price of one of our 20 kilowatt units and if you put it in water it'll run 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 360 days a year — we allow five days of downtime — if you project that out over 10 years you get to less than five cents per kilowatt hour,” explains Ferguson.
"This device does not dam the river, so you can have a bunch of these in an array, in a line and you're not actually changing the level of the water, so the nearby villages and whatnot are not going to be flooded,” says retired Canadian Forces Brig.-Gen. Gregory Matte, a company investor and strategic advisor.
The Waterotor is non-invasive and green technology. Fish approaching the rotor meet a pressure bubble and pass over the top of it and it doesn’t create the same environment concerns of a hydroelectric project dam.
Interest in the Waterotor devices has grown, and the company has been offered a joint venture to build up to 2,000 of the devices with a government group in the Philippines led by Manny Pacquiao, winner of multiple world boxing titles and a Philippine congressman.
The firm also has purchase agreements in place with the Federated States of Micronesia and a number of other Pacific Ocean jurisdictions.
Construction of the Waterotors will be undertaken by two large North American engineering firms.
Waterotor can address this global market creating a revolutionary new era of low cost electrical energy nearly everywhere.
Water has 830 times more energy than wind thus a small device in water can economically harness a large amount of energy around the clock. Waterotor is an engineering breakthrough, with significant advantages over previous systems. These advantages enable early global market penetration.
Accessible and affordable electricity is a major global issue.
1.3 billion people are without electricity, and over 800 million people depend on high cost, polluting fossil fuel generators for their power. However, over 71% of the planet is covered with slowly moving water in rivers, canals, and ocean currents.
A huge, untouched global market exists to provide electricity where it is unavailable, and also to replace the millions of fuel-burning generators currently supplying power at very high cost.
|Written by: Charlie Fischer|