Pliosaur Energy - technology
Preliminary wavetank testing was perform in 2016 at the Plymouth University Ocean Basin facilities. Following an analysis of this data is was decided that additional wave tank testing was required to optimise the turbine design before detailed design could commence. Wave tank testing was completed in February 2019. This lead to a press release to announce a breakthrough in the development of the world’s first wave and tidal energy turbine, following the successful completion of our wave tank testing programme at the HR Wallingford facility in Oxfordshire, UK.
As an outcome from this testing programme we significantly improved tidal energy performance by elevating the rotor axle height, lengthening the turbine blade and adding a base plate. Crucially, this aligned the tidal aspect of our turbine design with HYLOW, a programme by Southampton University to research 200 year old floating water mill technology.
From a wave energy perspective our technology remains unchanged with performance data from Aalborg University and deployed in Wave Dragon, remaining directly applicable to the assessment of our turbines wave performance.
Our turbines patented design differs from HYLOW and Wave Dragon by its capability to convert wave, tide or wave & tidal energy into electricity with a single rotor. It should also be noted that whilst our turbines operate, they will recover any floating debris such as plastic as per the aspirations of Sky ocean rescue and the WWF. In summary, ’renewable energy funds ocean clean-up.’