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‘Lunar Energy
is offering qualifying investors an opportunity to invest in a new and revolutionary technology which will produce reliable, low cost electricity from the earth’s natural tidal systems’

 

 

 

TECHNOLOGY


RENEWABLE ENERGY - THE WAY FORWARD

lunar energy 'Tidal In-Stream Energy Conversion (TISEC) is leading the way, largely because the underlying technology is very similar to that of wind turbines, but with devices driven by moving water instead of moving air. As a result, TISEC turbines can benefit from decades of experience in refining and scaling up wind energy machines, including the use of advanced composite materials, power electronics, and underwater construction techniques used in offshore wind, oil and gas installations. In addition, because tides can be predicted years into the future, TISEC generators can sell electricity as firm power to the electricity grid, thus reducing the need for costly reserve power.'
Taken from EPRI Journal (Summer 2007)

Lunar Energy decided to undertake a fundamental review of its technology in 2011. This decision was made against a background where installation costs using a heavy-lift vessel were rising year-on-year and the existing Lunar Energy design was limited to a single device of around 1.2MW. The problem that Lunar Energy set itself was simple “how can the benefits of the venturi duct and the flexibility of a hydraulic system be retained in a much simpler and cheaper device that does not need to be installed by a heavy-lift vessel?” Lunar Energy has solved this problem and has now designed a 2.4MW device, that retains the venturi duct, still uses a hydraulic power-take-off and does not need any heavy-lift vessel for installation. As the new LTT has a number of novel features the device is the subject of a new suite of patents that are presently being registered and are expected to be published in 2014.

The new LTT is unique and adheres to Lunar Energy’s demand that its technology be robust, simple and economic. It is an accepted principle that the high end costs of any tidal energy project relate to

  • Installation
  • Operation and maintenance (O&M)

Reduction of these costs is critical to the overall success of any such project and the new LTT is well placed to control O & M costs whilst delivering on its core function – renewable, predictable and economic energy.

Predictable, Invisable, Economic Text