goal of this project is to study the possibilities of capturing a
part of the kinetic energy contained in the moving water masses to produce
electricity in industrial scale.
The first part of the project explains the design of the proposed floating
hydro plant. This plant has two horizontal axis rotors placed inside
of a diffuser tube and completely submersed inside the current. Those
tubes are hanging from the lower part of a supporting structure which
floats thanks to the buoyancy provided by two side buoy skids. An electric
generator, a multiplier gear box and the origin of the electric line
are on-board on the non submerged part of this structure.
This floating design allows to place the hydro plant on the maximum
velocity point of the water current and simplifies transportation. The
generators will not need any kind of dam or any other obtrusive civil works
that would modify the natural course of the water. Only an anchoring
point is required.
The second part of the project studies the applicability of those hydro
plants by exploring it’s economical aspects and the existence
of suitable sites to be installed.