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Note To BP: This Is How To Harness The Oceans Energy Without Screwing Up The Whole Dang Planet!

art_minestro_750“Minesto” means tide and dragon in Greek. Formed in 2007, Minesto is based both in Sweden and the U.K., and has invented a new type of tidal power generator they call “underwater kites”, that remains submerged and tied to the seabed by a 328 foot (100 meter) cable, harnessing energy from the motion of the ocean.

By a process of hydrodynamics and controlled trajectory, the concept called Deep Green works in two steps: In the first step the kite lifts by the force of the tidal current. The kite is mounted to the ocean bed and is controlled by a rudder. The kite can then be taken in a desired trajectory. The method will increase the water flow velocity entering the turbine 10 times. The second step will use a conventional plant to convert the movement into electric power. This makes the Deep Green concept very suitable to harness power from slow moving waters. And no gearboxes are needed.

Turbines that measure up to 39.3 feet (12 meters) across can generate up to 500 kilowatts of energy. Minesto estimates the cost per KWh with Deep Green to be 7 cents – 18 cents (0.06-0.14 Euros).

So far a scale 1:10 prototype of the Deep Green has been built, and a scale 1:4 prototype will be ready in the waters outside the coast of Northern Ireland in 2011. The next step will be to put up a full-scale five to ten kites demonstration plant generating electricity to the net. This plant will need financing of about $51.2 USD (40 million Euro).

Trials of a scale model are to begin in 2011 at Strangford Lough, in County Down, Northern Ireland — which is home to SeaGen, the commercial tidal power system that Forced Green has posted on in the past.

…. as the green future unfolds.

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  1. Healthy Cafe Says:

    wow this technology will fit to fight the global warming
    .-= Healthy Cafe´s last blog ..3 Natural Ways To Heal Acne =-.

  2. Linda Says:

    Hi Healthy Cafe … It sure will and create energy as well!

    Hi Antonio … At this point, no problem with marine life. It flows with the current just like the fishes!!

  3. Antonio Says:

    That sounds really interesting, but I wonder if the equipment would have an impact on marine life.

  4. Jake Says:

    The concept is interesting. Look forward to an update on the prototype test. It looks inevitable that Solar, Wind and Sea is the way to go with electricity instead of combustion.

  5. Linda Says:

    Hi Jake … Absolutely! Now if they can bring them to market at a decent price, we will see alot of places, folks, etc. go green! 😀

    Hi Bizvertise … It is sound tech and it works!

  6. Bizvertise Says:

    seem a little bit scary tech
    .-= Bizvertise´s last blog ..How To Find Business Idea =-.

  7. Lissof Leuf Says:

    It will be interesting to see a proof of concept project with this device. The potential for wave, tidal and ocean current energy production is tremendous worldwide. With the majority of the population living close to the coast it will be possible minimize the losses associated with long distance transmission.
    I especially enjoyed the video showing their prototype unit powering an electrical train. In real world applications transportation of commodities and people are the major users of petroleum, conversion to electric powered transportation would have a major affect on our dependence on oil.

  8. Linda Says:

    Hi Lissof … The neat thing is that it is an option. When you have options, prices are right, change is in the air! 😀

    Hi Rox …. There are a lot of different types of products that are either working or in the testing stages that will harness the currents and/or wave actions to generate power. Countries other than the US are way ahead. I am a believer that the US will turn things around quickly.

  9. Rox Says:

    This is a brilliant design. I hope more countries get involved in using tidal power. That could save Mother Earth. When I saw this, I just went ‘bloody brilliant’ :p
    .-= Rox´s last blog ..Socialspark.com – Minimum Requirement for Blog Approval: An Update =-.

  10. Barbara Swafford Says:

    Hi Linda,

    This is amazing. I love how there are so many great ideas emerging these days.

    And….lucky us, you have a way of finding and sharing them. Thank you.
    .-= Barbara Swafford´s last blog ..The Eleven Word Challenge =-.

  11. Linda Says:

    Hi Barbara … Thank you for such kind words. We try and bring the latest and greatest in hopes that it will educate us all. 😀

  12. satellite meter Says:

    I’ve been hunting this for a long time, thanks for posting

  13. Linda Says:

    Hi satellite … you are welcome! come back again!

    Hi Denise …. I hear you loud and clear! It is driving me nuts that we are not jumping in!

  14. Denise Says:

    This is not a new idea ( See uekus.com ) It’s unfortunate that money to develop is being put up by Sweden and the UK while our new ideas in the US are allowed to languish due to lack of funding support.

  15. COMMO Chief Says:

    Could this work in rivers, or would a buoy work better in a river? The kite looks like a flat disk. Is this the most stable and efficiant design? I wish them luck!

  16. Linda Says:

    Hi Commo Chief …. I think the buoy’s would work better in a river. The kite is still in testing mode so I do not know if this is more stable than anything else out there. I am excited to see the results as well.

    Hi Katherine … LOL! I am sure that subs would be able to float around them. 😀

  17. Katherine Says:

    That is AMAZING. And “about time.” What an incredible idea – I would like to shake the hand of the person that thought of it! Hope the submarines will know where they are LOL! Can’t wait to see this actually working!
    .-= Katherine´s last blog ..Candy is Dandy =-.

  18. Barbara Says:

    This is amazing. Too, bad this kind of technology, couldn’t be used somehow, to clean up the oil spill. Hair is a great absorbent for oil. It would be awesome if hair salons, would donate all their hair for a week or month, to help clean it up!
    .-= Barbara´s last blog ..The Future Is In GLASS! =-.

  19. Linda Says:

    Hi Barbara … That’s a great idea! I heard about a guy who shaved his Alpaca herd and donated it all to the Gulf Coast clean up. Stuff the hair in permeable booms and rock and roll! That’s a much better idea than the comedy of errors the genius’ at BP have come up with!

    Hi Earth Friendly … Well, for 1) In the 100 years of the “horseless carriage” industry, the US alone had better than 1,000 car companies. All of those ‘start-ups’ went under – except the ‘Big 3’. Pretty much the same thing happened after the invention of the television and then the computer. And now, at the dawn of sustainable energy (albeit born of necessity, not inspiration), we will experience this same trend. As the green future unfolds (couldn’t resist), standards will be found and set and the cheaper, ‘new and improved’ devices will eventually replace this first menagerie of ‘big, old, inefficient, expensive, clunkers’. But to a lesser degree than the first century of the car, so no need to worry over cluttering the world. Besides, as it stands today, if you can see through the haze of the coal burning power plants and smog belching oil refineries, try counting the ugly oil rigs dotting our land and waters.

    And 2) As many of the innovations are literally hitting the ground (air, and water) this year, it’s too early to have even made a noticeable dent in the demand for oil. Knocking out the fuel and power sectors will drastically help curtail the ‘need’ for oil. However, when accounting for the thousands of petroleum based products still in our everyday lives, oil will still be around awhile. But, with fuel and power out of the equation, the devastating effects of oil production and utilization will drastically diminish — right BP?!

  20. Earth Friendly Goodies Says:

    Looks like another exciting development, but I wonder with all these companies working on their own method for renewable energy 1) Are we going to be inundated with a million little gadgets in the oceans, air, land and space some day. And 2) Has there been any noticeable effect (ie.. a lessening for the demand for oil) from the renewable technologies that are already being tested and utilized?
    .-= Earth Friendly Goodies´s last blog ..How to Green Your Car with a Re-Useable K & N Air Filter =-.

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