Potential deploment sites
Potential deploment sites

Tidal streams, ocean currents and run-of-river are all forms of hydro-kinetic energy (energy of flowing water) that can be extracted using Evopod's horizontal axis turbine / generator solution.

Tidal streams:

Tidal streams are cyclical flows set up by the gravitational attraction of bodies in our solar system, particularly the moon and the sun. They vary in amplitude and direction roughly on a daily cycle and a monthly cycle but are very predictable and reliable in their occurrence.

Ocean currents:

Ocean currents are a convection system caused by thermal gradients in the oceans and the rotation of the earth. Unlike tides they are almost constant in their direction and their velocity fluctuates only by small amounts according to the seasons of the year.

Run of river:

Run-of-river turbines exploit the kinetic energy in free flowing rivers or diversion channels rather than constructing dams and extracting the potential energy from the impounded water. The global market for run-of-river turbines has been estimated to be as much if not more than tidal stream energy and would utilise similar turbine technology. Oceanflow has developed solutions for exploiting this resource using our patent protected floating tethered technology.

Offshore wind:

Offshore wind is one of the most competitive electricity production solutions offering unit costs of electricity that are lower than nuclear and competitive with combined cycle gas turbine technology if carbon pricing is included in the comparison. Deep water offshore wind involving floating foundation systems is currently more expensive than inshore bottom mounted wind. However Starfloat™ embodies innovative fabrication and assembly processes that take cost out of deep water wind and make it competitive with nearshore bottom mounted wind after taking into account the higher yields that are achievable at deep water wind farm sites.

Offshore wind predominantly from deep water sites is predicted to be the world's most significant renewable energy source by 2050.