Clean Currents 2022

Ocean Testing of Hydrokinetic Turbines

A new Test Vessel, completely powered with renewable energy, is being used off the coast of Florida to test performance of hydrokinetic turbines of up to 3 meters in diameter.

The test vessel is powered by solar and wind energy with electric motors (i.e. a “green” vessel) and has zero carbon footprint. The Renewable Energy Test Vessel was constructed by students at the College of the Florida Keys, as part of the educational curriculum of the renewable energy program.

On board the test vessel is an array of systems and equipment used to monitor and log all output parameters of current energy converters (CECs). These systems are in compliance with IEC standards; the test methodology and the equipment used enables a developer to ultimately obtain a performance certificate(s).

The vessel will be made available to any developer in the world who is willing to bring equipment to the Florida location and conduct prototype testing at the CFK Tidal Energy Simulation Laboratory.

Presenter Information

Walter Schurtenberger

Walter Schurtenberger
CEO, President, Lead Designer
Hydrokinetic Energy Corp.
Poster Presenter