Aquanator

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The Aquanator is a small-scale tidal-power device, a device which uses rows of hydrofoils to generate electricity from water currents. It was invented by Australian inventor Michael Perry.

History[edit]

The Aquanator invention was announced in 2004. A contract to test the device was signed with Country Energy on 26 September 2004.[1]

Its test site was located at 38°30′59″S 145°21′53″E / 38.5163°S 145.3648°E / -38.5163; 145.3648. In beginning of 2006 it was connected to grid.[2] However, the device test site was decommissioned in May 2008 by its owner Atlantis Resources.[3]

Description[edit]

The Aquanator used ocean current to produce electricity. It was intended to generate power even with a small flow of 1.5 knots.[4] The test device had a capacity of 5 kW. The aquanator’s slow moving hydrofoil design was meant to provide a green energy source which would not harm ocean life as faster moving turbines might.[5]

Economy[edit]

The aquanator was meant to be cheaper than diesel fuels, with costs about the same amount as wind power and will be one sixth the price of diesel-powered systems.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.energybulletin.net/node/2273
  2. ^ http://www.rechargenews.com/hardcopy/article193733.ece
  3. ^ http://www.atlantisresourcescorporation.com/about-atlantis/history.html Atlantis Resources Corporation
  4. ^ http://96.0.107.6/?q=node/view/1035
  5. ^ http://www.brandarchitecture.com.au/1/smart_files/Issue_2_final.pdf
  6. ^ http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/09/26/1096137100758.html