Waterotor: A New Renewable Energy Source
Waterrotor is a rotating turbine device that is installed in slow-moving water to harness moving water power to generate electricity. Though, it can operate in water speeds as low as two miles an hour, the “sweet spot” is the water speed of around four miles per hour.
Waterotor Energy Solutions, created this product, keeping accessible and affordable electricity in mind. Globally, around 1.3 billion people are affected with this issue, as on date. Even those, who have electricity, depend on expensive, polluting fossil fuel generators for their power.
Fortunately, over 71 percent of earth’s surface, is covered in slow-moving water and, waterrotor is ideal for these. The Waterotor uses a rolling drum-like system, to generate power, by capturing the push of water. Mechanical energy from the rotating drum, is converted into electrical energy, through onboard generators. It can be placed virtually anywhere, that has a water speed of greater than two miles per hour. It is submerged within ocean currents, rivers and canals.
The Waterotor design achieves maximum torque, resulting in a high coefficient of power. This design works better than propeller or wing-like blades, which require higher water speeds, in order to match the same coefficient of power.
In May 2016, Waterotor Energy Solutions revealed plans to manufacture Waterotors in Indonesia. If this plan succeeds, it will supply electricity to fishing villages, on the more than 17,000 Indonesian islands. Another interested nation is the Philippines. A government group in the Philippines is venturing to build up to 2,000 Waterotors, to bring the technology to the Philippines. Waterotor Energy Solutions also has agreements with the Federated States of Micronesia and, many other Pacific Ocean jurisdictions.
The main advantages of the Waterotor is its ability to use slow-moving water. The abundance of slow-moving water, makes locations for the product seemingly endless. As it is a mobile device, it does not require bottom fixtures or foundations. It only need a simple anchoring. It can be designed as buoyant secured by anchors or, designed to be heavier than water, so that it can be lowered from a bridge, barge, boat or buoy. It has structural integrity and, a very high coefficient of power in output versus size.
The Waterotor is environmentally friendly, because it has no high-spinning blades and, it doesn’t not disrupt the fish. Last, but not the least, it is cost effective, simple to build, and is a fully scalar device. The invention has the potential, to provide a green solution, by using the renewable resource of flowing water.
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