Waterotor: A Promise of Economical Power Generation?
Sufficient and affordable power supply is a global demand and most of the times it meets with a crisis due to various technical and topographical constraints. While the demand for enough power supply remains, the requirement for it to be from a cleaner and greener source has been in focus recently.
South African entrepreneur Elon Musk had once said that electricity is like cash and can be generated and transformed in many ways. It is indeed an apt analogy and just like cash humans should leave no stone unturned in the generation of electricity. Especially, when we are considering doing the same in a way which is not detrimental to the environment and economy. No potential source of power generation in adherence to above-mentioned concerns should be left unconsidered.
Waterotor’s technology fits the picture perfectly. It’s a patented hydrokinetic device that generates electrical power from slow-moving water currents of oceans, waterways, rivers, and streams. The device is highly reliable and requires low maintenance, which means it can operate for longer periods without incremental operating costs.
It is a low-head, small, drum-like rolling device that is fully submerged and is capable of clean electrical energy production from water currents running as low as 2 to 6 miles per hour with consistent torque. It provides continuous electricity 24 hours a day to houses and businesses that are not connected to a central grid. Fred Ferguson is the CEO of Waterotor Energy Technologies which is headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
The Waterotor system is designed to be used either as a buoyant device attached to anchors or as a heavier than water device which can be hanged from a bridge, barge, boat, or a buoy.
The company stated that Waterotor would come in sizes varying from 5kW to around 1MW supplying energy at 5 cents per kW hour output. However, the company is not a manufacturer but a technical architect that engages manufacturing and licensing partners with its business and financial development expertise.
The Waterotors output energy doesn’t sound like a lot but running 24/7 the power generation adds up and provides a decent supply to rural and secluded areas. It may also function as a secondary source if need be. Several organizations are coming together to manufacture the device in different parts of the world and make it commercially viable.
The technology still needs to undergo more sceptical scrutiny but if favourable independently tested results are achieved, the data can be used to substantially reduce the global power deficiency.