Minesto 1.2MW Tidal Kite

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Minesto 1.2MW Tidal Kite

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This is a new one - a "tidal kite" generator with 1.2MW capacity is up and running in the sea off the Faroe Islands - anyone know anything more about it?

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That's brilliant Dan! I'd love to watch it move on a live multi beam sonar.

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I can understand these things working in a uni-directional current (as I understand the water flow is past the N of the Scottish mainland, and maybe it is past the Faroes too) but I guess that if the flow stopped and went in the other direction it would be pretty hard to keep the thing in the flow without the cable dropping and losing its orientation. Maybe it has buoyancy built in to keep it up when the flow drops until they get it going properly again?
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Aah good find, same tech. Great that it's now actually a commercially generating machine. Hope it's durable.
Joeboy wrote: Fri Feb 09, 2024 11:08 am That's brilliant Dan! I'd love to watch it move on a live multi beam sonar.

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AE-NMidlands wrote: Fri Feb 09, 2024 11:15 am I can understand these things working in a uni-directional current (as I understand the water flow is past the N of the Scottish mainland, and maybe it is past the Faroes too) but I guess that if the flow stopped and went in the other direction it would be pretty hard to keep the thing in the flow without the cable dropping and losing its orientation. Maybe it has buoyancy built in to keep it up when the flow drops until they get it going properly again?
There will be an appropriate sized surface buoy for lift and recovery. Probably a bit of a J lay built in on the subsea side of things to minimise wear via the surface dynamic but that's just me guessing from my subsea days.
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