Hydropower Site Installation

The Problem

The rapidly growing worldwide demand for renewable energy provides an unparalleled opportunity for development of new high performance technologies with efficiency and cost being the main driving factors. Conventional hydropower features highly in this mix where the method converts potential and kinetic energy stored in a fluid flow into useable electric power. This high profile project was initialised to capitalise on this growing demand through the development of a new type of high efficiency hydro turbine suitable for hydropower applications.

The Approach

The development of a new type of energy conversion device required the benefits of virtual modelling in order to demonstrate and portray the application and potential of the technical innovation at low cost. An interested collaborative partner in the project made available details of a real hydropower development opportunity which formed the basis of the virtual model. Menatech Limited then created an appropriate virtual model with impressive detail.

The Result

The development of this device has progressed rapidly from feasibility stage to concept development whereby an initial prototype design has already been created and has been tested in June 2014. In addition, international and national patent applications have been filed and the project has attracted significant attention from government funding and international investors. The development stage remains underway.