Hydrokinetic turbine developer, GKinetic Energy is headed to France this summer for a second round of testing at Ifremer with the company’s latest success in securing Marinet2 funding. This is the third time GKinetic has utilized the Ifremer test facility located in Boulogne Sur Mer, France in order to test and optimise their technology. The company has been approved to receive support from Marinet2 in their 5th and final call in providing access to developers for testing marine energy devices.
GKinetic in collaboration with Dr. Stephen Nash from NUI Galway have designed an improved 1:20 Scale Model of a submerged 250kW device part funded by the SEAI Research & Development & Demonstration fund approved in 2019. The build of this optimised machine is currently underway at the new GKinetic lab based in Limerick, Ireland. Marinet2 has given the go ahead for a full 5 days testing at Ifremer planned for this summer.
In September 2019, GKinetic successfully tested a submerged device for the very first time at Ifremer with the support of a previous Marinet2 call and Marine Energy Alliance. The week was extremely positive and the turbine was proven to be fully operational. This next round of testing and analysis will focus on power outputs and blade design to continue to advance the technology at this scale.
GKinetic continues to progress the larger submerged utility scale turbine in conjunction with the commercial rollout of the smaller devices suitable for remote supply, smart cities and canals with a number of exciting demonstrations planned for 2021 and 2022.
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