A revolutionary technology for harnessing renewable energy from the oceans has been successfully implemented in the Faroe Islands, using a kite-like design to efficiently extract energy from tidal and ocean currents. The power generator, known as Dragon 12, was created by Minesto, a Swedish company specializing in marine energy technology. The kite’s substantial 12-meter wingspan and 28-ton weight make it an impressive sight on the sea floor, tethered to a narrow channel between the islands. With its figure-of-eight movements, the kite drives water flow to spin a turbine and generate electricity. While precise amounts of electricity produced are not disclosed, estimates suggest it could potentially power around 1,000 homes.
According to Dr Martin Edlund, CEO of Minesto, this MegaWatt scale powerplant is a significant milestone for the company. He emphasized that the technology provides powerful, cost-effective, and predictable electricity to the grid. This sets the stage for renewable energy expansion in various regions around the world. The cost of tidal power generation using the Minesto system appears to be lower than that of other tidal projects and only slightly higher than offshore wind turbines. This affordability combined with ease of deployment and regularity of tidal currents may position this technology as a competitive alternative to offshore wind generation.
The future holds great promise for this innovative technology. Further development and implementation will be worth monitoring as we continue our journey towards sustainable energy solutions that benefit people and planet alike.