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Vortex Turbine Blue Energy: Underwater Kite

by: Marike Boonstra
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Renewable energy is most important in the fight for a healthier planet. Greenhouse gases cause climate change: we are in despairing search of the alternative energy solution to decrease the most devastating effects on our earth. 

Vortex Turbine Blue Energy: A Clear Mission

Marine energy developer Minesto may have this solution: it's innovative ‘underwater kite’ technology extracts energy from tides and ocean current. Is this the way to reap the immense ocean power potential? SEV, the primary energy supplier for the Faroe Islands, thinks so and signs the first enormous deal.

zodiac boat, men, yellow kite, water
Photo by: Minesto

The marine energy developer Minesto was founded in 2007 as a spin-off from Swedish aerospace manufacturer Saab. With a team of more than fifty professionals with different technical skills and extensive experience, Minesto is working on a clear mission: to offer products for power production from the oceans that will supply customers with clean and mostly predictable electricity at highly competitive costs. Their patented concept Deep Green, with which the Sweden-based company hopes to expand the global ocean energy potential, has already won several awards.

How does the technology work?
This ‘underwater kite’ works in a rather simple way. It is the same concept as a kite flying in the wind, but Minesto attached a turbine to the kite and placed it underwater. The kite’s wing is pushed upwards by the underwater current and steers the kite in an eight-shaped trajectory, that will reach 'a speed several times the actual stream speed', Minesto explains on its website. “As the kite flies in the current, water flows through the turbine at the same speed and electricity is produced in the generator.” Through cables, the electricity can be transmitted to shore. Minesto’s underwater kite harvests power from low-flow tidal streams and ocean current streams—with velocities between 1.2 m/s and 3 m/s.

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Underwater Kite: Minesto And SEV

Minesto's first underwater kite prototype (Deep Green Ocean) was tested mainly at Queen’s University Belfast marine energy test site called Strangford Lough. The Deep Green technology was first industrialized at the Holyhead Deep site near North Wales. The company’s next move is big: Minesto signed a contract with SEV, the leading energy supplier for the Faroe Islands, with a population of about 51,000 people. Minesto’s innovative technology can be decisive in helping the Faroe Islands achieve its goal to phase out oil entirely by 2020. A large-scale build-out of tidal energy of between 30 MW and 70 MW is part of the long-term plan.


                     Portraits of Sustainability Pioneers: Dassault Systèmes presents Martin Edlund of Minesto


In this collaboration, SEV commits to purchase the electricity generated by Minesto’s tidal energy converters, part of the company’s unique subsea kite technology called Deep Green. Supplying clean and dependable energy for islands can be hard, as wind and solar power are too unpredictable and island energy is polluting, Minesto is currently developing DGIM, “a stand-alone tidal and ocean current energy converter for off-grid applications,” as we can read on their website.

Infographic Minesto, SEV

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Vortex Turbine Blue Energy: Competitive Advantages

What makes this technology so different? The Deep Green kite is small-sized and will have no visual and minimal environmental impact. The ability to operate at low velocities makes Minesto's Deep Green technology the only technology to be cost-efficient in both tidal and ocean currents. Minesto compares their technically exploitable potential of tidal streams and ocean currents – useful for more than 600 GW of capacity - with the currently under 400 GW of nuclear power capacity installed globally.

Minesto kite under water
Photo by: Minesto

Still, the commercialization of the company's technology is reliant on market confidence – which might take some time. That might give competitors time for a battle related to pricing, product quality, dependability, and financing terms. Minesto is still highly dependent on subsidies. The marine technology developer received 44.6 million dollars in total from public agencies because the underwater kite technology fits most government's ambition to reduce climate change and stimulate innovation.

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Blue Energy In The Ongoing Energy Transition

In an interview with Engineer Live, CEO Martin Endlund says that his company expands the overall energy potential by approaching resources that no other energy developer is concentrating on. “When you add to that the cost structure that is related to the unique competitive advantages of our technology and the fact that we can exploit continuous ocean currents, we are talking about low-cost baseload renewable power,” Endlund says. “This means that we make ocean energy a highly relevant and urgently needed complement to the energy mix in the ongoing energy transition.”

Will blue energy take over the world? Minesto is hoping to be the one to do it. And with their latest milestones, they might just will.

Before you go!

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