HydroQuest offers river range
French company launches new hydrokinetic turbines following trials
French company HydroQuest has launched a range of river hydrokinetic turbines, following trials in French Guyana and Orleans.
There are two models of the HydroQuest River available – the 1.40 and 2.80 version which have an output of 40kW and 80kW respectively.
The company said the Orleans pilot will be connected to the French electricity network in the coming weeks.
HydroQuest chief executive officer Jean-François Simon said: “A very large number of rivers and estuaries in the world can be equipped with hydrokinetic turbines that are complementary to other energy sources.
“This is particularly the case in France. Thus, we wish to see the setting up of a call for expression of Interest on hydrokinetic river farms by ADEME, as promised by Ségolène Royal, Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, a few months ago.
“This initiative would boost the French industrial sector around these technologies with high energy and environmental potential.”
The company also intends to expand its presence worldwide, especially on the African continent, in Latin America, Asia, Italy, Brazil or in Russia.