Kites generate power under the sea
by Mark R
Sure, we could all use new and energy-efficient power sources, and I’ve got to admire this particular one.
Dubbed “Deep Green” by a Swedish start-up company Minestro, it is known as an “underwater kite”. This particular kit doesn’t use the wind, but they are held aloft by “the motion of the ocean”. As for their “strings” they are tied to the seabed, and I’m guessing that what they are attached to must be made of some buoyant material of some sort.
These are actually turbines that measure about 12 meters across, and with the seas bounding them up and down in the water, they are able to generate 500 kilowatts of power when they are fully running.
Now, here is a question I have: how does one get the power from these kites and wire it to people’s homes. I guess I am assuming that tether is also a wire, and these wires are wired to a place where the power can be stored, and then, of course, transferred to houses.
So far, this project is one of those concepts for now. However, the company who is working on these underwater kites have just received 2.5 million in funding. I always wanted to know how much $2.5 million dollars will be as far a electric power is concerned.