Seaqurrent flies tidal kite
Prototype device tested at MARIN institute in the Netherlands
Dutch tidal developer Seaqurrent has concluded testing of its prototype TidalKite device at the MARIN institute in Wageningen.
Seaqurrent said first tests of its multi-wing underwater kite were “very encouraging” and will work on a full-scale device rated at 500kW.
The commercial-scale design would be ready by 2019, it added.
“The results from the tests give us confidence for the further development of the TidalKite system,” said chief executive Youri Wentzel.
“We expect that the technology is ready in 2019, and will compete on price with offshore wind within years.”
Seaqurrent’s kite is designed to be tethered to the seabed and generated power by squeezing pressurized fluid connected to a hydraulic motor.
The company recently changed its name from Seacurrent.
Image: TidalKite test (Seaqurrent)