Leading developers of hydrokinetic solutions, GKinetic Energy Ltd, have been busy over the past few months finalising an optimised design for their first market-ready 12kW unit.
The first unit has now been successfully delivered to Strangford Lough where it will be deployed as part of the VATTS project, funded and supported by CASE (Centre for Advanced Sustainable Energy) and Invest Northern Ireland. The project is led by Queens University Belfast with supporting partners Grants Electrical Services (GES) and The Electric Storage Company (TESC). Further details on the VATTS project can be read here: https://gkinetic.com/vatts-project-to-demonstrate-novel-tidal-turbines-in-strangford-lough/.
Over the next few months, the turbine will undergo a series of detailed studies and tests before being redeployed to Limerick as part of the CityxChange project. It is hoped that the live data and ongoing studies as part of the VATTS project will enhance and accelerate the granting of planning permission for deploying 3 identical units in the River Shannon (https://www.eplanning.ie/LimerickCCC/AppFileRefDetails/211669/0, search GKinetic as applicant name).
The turbine delivery marks another key milestone for GKinetic who recently secured investment from the renowned Katapult Ocean programme.
The company has ambitious growth plans over the next 5 years and will be advertising 2 new roles during December so if interested please keep an eye on the website (www.gkinetic.com) and follow the GKinetic Company LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/gkinetic-energy-ltd.