Amphibious Energy’s EnergyPod
Dutch company Amphibious Energy has developed a transportable EnergyPod that can offer a source of renewable energy for offshore platforms reports Dag Pike.
The EnergyPod can operate under harsh environmental conditions and consists of a unique wind turbine as the main source of renewable power. This power is stored into a series of battery packs via an inverter which allows it to then be distributed to any onboard system. The wind energy from the turbine can be supplemented by power from fold-out solar panels. The EnergyPod is claimed to be a highly versatile energy solution and it can be adapted to meet the specific needs of the client and can be utilized in any environmental condition and in remote locations.
The EnergyPod is a compact design and during transit, all of the components can be safely fitted inside the container, which makes the product easy to transport. This makes it easily transferable between alternative sites. It can be adapted to meet the specific needs of the client with versions to supply alternative power outputs. The standard EnergyPod has a single wind turbine but larger versions based on a 20 or 40 foot container can be fitted with up to four turbines and multiple battery packs.
The patented wind turbine, which can be fitted with a 3kW or 5kW permanent magnet generator, has a double layered housing and it is located in a free rotational frame, which turns itself towards the prevailing wind. The turbine is manufactured with large, light weight rotor blades which require far less rotation to generate energy than propeller blades which also results in lower noise levels.
The operation and safety of the EnergyPod is contained in the energy management system which analyses information from a range of sensors to ensure safety. It also monitors the batteries and remote control via a radio or satellite link is possible. The batteries hold enough power to continue the electrical supply for up to 12 windless days and the power output in normal wind conditions is 3500 kWh which can guarantee a continuous power of 280W.
The projected maintenance intervals for the EnergyPod will be once every two years. The prototype EnergyPod is currently undergoing trials on land at an exposed site at the entrance to Rotterdam Harbour.
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