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Innovative system to harvest energy from natural environmental motion

Resumen

Tipo:
Oferta Tecnológica
Referencia:
TOUK20210323002
Publicado:
15/04/2021
Caducidad:
16/04/2022
Resumen:
A UK company has developed a clean green technology to harvest energy from motion that naturally occurs in the environment, and turn it into useable power. The company is seeking partners to introduce and adapt the technology into international markets. A commercial agreement with technical assistance is sought.

Details

Tittle:
Innovative system to harvest energy from natural environmental motion
Summary:
A UK company has developed a clean green technology to harvest energy from motion that naturally occurs in the environment, and turn it into useable power. The company is seeking partners to introduce and adapt the technology into international markets. A commercial agreement with technical assistance is sought.
Description:
The UK company founded in 2007 is a multi-disciplinary technology business that brings research knowledge and expertise together to design and develop products which harvest energy from the naturally occurring motional energy in the environment.

Providing power in remote locations has been the company´s focus for several years with huge interest for power in subsea and remote locations. Their technology has multiple uses in sea and also on land in harvesting human and animal motion.

At present the company is working to harvest power from Vortex Induced Vibration (VIV) from underwater flow to power sensors, data gathering equipment and many other uses where power is needed.

The subsea device is able to turn energy from the waves and currents into useable power by harnessing the energy from all 6 degrees of motion and converting this into usable electrical power.

Contained within a sealed unit, the device uses two pendulums connected to a flywheel to generate electricity. Movement causes the pendulums to swing; they are attached to a shaft that then turns a flywheel in one direction. The flywheel is connected to a generator, which produces electricity.

The water motion is harvested, taking the Vortex Induces Vibration (VIV) motion from 1 metre per second and upwards, through a unit that is contained within a sealed High Density Poly Ethylene (HDPE) flexible pipe.
The VIV motion is then turned into electrical power which can be stored and used as and when required.

The subsea application is focused on small-scale power generation for subsea electronics, particularly where the replacement of battery packs is an expensive offshore activity requiring remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and their supporting ships and crew, or autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) charging stations. It can also be used wherever a remote subsea power requirement exists, such as remote sensing in aquaculture and scientific data for environmental monitoring, as well as in defence and security applications.

The technology can also be used for wind power: an easy-to-assemble wind motion unit which will work well in remote and coastal locations providing electrical power. The units can be set up quickly and easily, and would work well in developing countries (e.g. townships in South Africa)

It can also harvest human motion to be used for IoT (Internet of Things): a small unit can be fitted in a backpack and all motion, walking, running, jogging can be turned into useable power, and can be used in both the leisure market and defence operations.

Units can range from very small (80mm) to large (2 metres) and can produce between 5W and 500W of power, subject to environment conditions.

The subsea units have been tested in a flow tank environment in order to prove the feasibility of the technology

To pair with this technology, the UK company has designed and developed an environmental energy monitoring device to gather and interpret the potential energy available in a given environment. The collected data can be used to program a robot, select, configure and optimise the system to maximise energy harvesting.

To date the company has won global awards confirming that their technology can harvest the maximum amount of power in various environments.

The company is now looking for partners to adapt and commercialise the technology in their respective markets. A commercial agreement with technical assistance is sought.
Advantages and Innovations:
- The global wave and tidal energy market is expected to grow at a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of 42.5% and reach $3.9 billion by 2025, according to a report published by Grand View Research, Inc. This offers a great potential for this technology and the UK company´s product.

- Unlike other energy harvesting technologies, the system is fully scalable and designed for remote power applications.

- The subsea version is current direction independent, modular, tuneable, with a sealed generator, no external moving parts and no shock loads.

- The scalability and modularity of the subsea device allows for cost-effective tailoring for a site´s individual metocean characteristics and power requirements.

- It can be configured to suit client needs before deployment: the company has their own in-house robotic arm, and they can input motion data and advise the amount of power that the end user will be able to achieve. This saves a huge amount of time and money and live testing can then follow straight away.

- The system is green: it is sealed to protect itself and the environment from internal workings. There are no external parts, and the system is built from standard industry components, which can be recycled.

- The technology provides power in remote locations and can be linked in series for additional power needs. It is not dependent on light conditions.

- It offers a ´fit and forget´ solution with low maintenance periods and low cost of ownership.

- It includes a customisable hardware and software to suit each environment.

- The company has won several national awards and overseas, it has won the Ocean Exchange USA, with a paper published through the Marine Technology Society USA.

- The company is currently working on a project as part of the UK Ministry of Defence´s DASA (Defence and Security Accelerator) to offer power solutions in sub-sea environments.
Stage of Development:
Available for demonstration
IPs:
Patents granted
CommeR Statunts Regarding IPR Status:
The technology has received granted patents in USA, China, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, UK, Australia, Indonesia.

To date the company has spent a great deal of time ensuring they have strong patent protection and their granted patent confirms that there is no other system that can take bi-direction to rotation on 2 axis and turn that chaotic motion into electrical power.

The company has also filed follow-on patents as they have developed the technology further for other applications, with patents pending.

The company also owns trade marks and has secret know-how, with design and test conducted by their own engineers.

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
The company wishes to engage with collaborative partners to bring their range of energy harvesting technologies to market under a commercial agreement with technical assistance.

They are looking for commercial partners with an understanding of the target sectors, such as energy, environmental services, defence, and the type of products available, with an established trading history and an ability to market the products.

The partners sought are expected to collaborate to introduce the products and adapt them in the new market.

Technological expertise in the desired industry and the service quality are the key factors for partnership consideration. Furthermore, the partner needs to be open for future types of collaborations involving further product development production support

The size of the partner company is not the key criteria in this collaboration process; technical understanding and experience in a relevant sector is.

Technology transfer will enable the partner to have exclusivity in market sectors and enable the technology to be globalised.

Client

Type and Size of Client:
Industry SME <= 10
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
Si
Languages Spoken:
English

Keywords

Technology Keywords:
04002005 Generadores, motores eléctricos y conversores de potencia
04005002 Hydropower
04002012 Otra maquinaria
04001003 Storage of electricity, batteries
04005008 Wind energy