In the quest for renewable energy sources, a pioneering approach to harnessing the power of the oceans has proven successful. By using a method that emulates the movement of a kite, this innovative technology efficiently extracts energy from tidal and ocean currents. This cutting-edge technology is currently supplying electricity to the grid in the Faroe Islands, thanks to Minesto, a Swedish company specializing in marine energy technology. The Dragon 12 tidal energy kite boasts an impressive wingspan of 12 meters and weighs 28 tons. Tethered to the sea floor in a narrow channel between the islands, its unique design enables it to perform repeated figure-of-eight movements, driving water flow to spin a turbine and generate electricity. While Minesto has not disclosed the precise amount of electricity being produced, estimates suggest it could potentially power around 1,000 homes.
In a press statement, Dr Martin Edlund, CEO of Minesto, described this production of electricity as a significant milestone for his company. He stated that this technology provides powerful and cost-effective electricity to the grid while offering predictability for renewable energy expansion in various regions around the world. The cost of tidal power generation using this system appears lower than other tidal projects and only slightly higher than offshore wind turbines. This affordability combined with ease of deployment and regularity makes it an attractive competitive alternative to offshore wind generation.
The future holds promising potential for this technology’s further development and implementation on a larger scale. It’s essential to monitor its progress closely as it continues paving the way towards renewable energy sources’ integration into our daily lives while minimizing their impact on our environment.