Wind and solar power are well-known sources of renewable energy generation. In recent news though, tidal energy has become a new point of attention to harness energy. Although the use of tides to generate energy has been going on a miniature scale already, the yield has been very less.
The continuous source of energy of the sea is crucial for harnessing energy as tides are mostly independent of the weather. In light of this scientists are continuously working on creating technology that can provide a solution to giving that level of output. In theory, tidal energy can give 1,000 times more output than any of the current wind harnessing technologies (current leader in the market for renewables harnessing around the globe).
In order to make efficient use of this energy, researchers have developed free-floating turbines that are attached to a floating structure.
Named as Project OsT, it aims to increase the energy generation and reduce investment and operation costs. The project leaders plan on implementing the system on island grids in the future. It combines the platform concept (PLAT-I) with the SIT turbine concept to form a complete system, being tested in field trials after successful implementation. Launched in 2019, it is currently being funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)
The plant will also be given the highest possible economic efficiency, distinguished by leading organizations. The Institute for Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulic Fluid Machines (IHS) at the University of Stuttgart is testing the interactions between turbines and the platform to enable the best possible integration of the turbine technology (developed by SCHOTTEL Hydro GmbH) into the floating platform.