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Going with the flow

Going with the flow

Magnomatics, a world leader in magnetic gear technologies is pleased to announce it is currently working to develop a marine current turbine using the company’s Pseudo Direct Drive (PDD) generator. 

Magnomatics has joined offshore engineering specialists, Seaplace, in a 32-month collaborative development project that is being driven by the Eurostars programme, a European funded programme that aims to support innovative products, processes and services. 

The initial programme will see the design and construction of a 5 kW scaled demonstration machine, which will lead on, following extensive testing, to the design of a full scale, 750 kW generator. 

Using combined expertise, the result will be a tethered and self-steering turbine that can harness energy from two to three meters per second of tidal flow, generating 750 kW of power from a relatively compact 20-meter diameter machine.

Innovative features will allow the machine to access tidal flows of below 60 meters while giving economic access to tidal flow resources that would be uneconomic for fixed turbines.

David Latimer, Chief Executive Officer of Magnomatics commented, “PDD technology is well suited to applications within the growing renewable energy sector and working with Seaplace is a great opportunity for us to develop our expertise within the industry.

“The high efficiency, compactness and low operational expenditure of Magnomatics’ PDD magnetic gear technology will also help the project deliver on its environmental targets.”


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