Electricity extracted from the power of the ocean
CNC Design is deeply involved with BioPower Systems in the bioSTREAM(trade mark) and bioWAVE(trade mark) projects which are set to develop machines able to generate electricity from the energy from ocean currents and ocean waves. Designed to be anchored on the sea floor and operating in submarine environment, they are intended to operate by the slow reciporcating motion in the ocean environment. The motion results in high torque generated about the main pivot which is converted to electrical energy.
The bioWAVE(trade mark) is being developed for utility-scale power production from ocean waves. It's nature-inspired design (biomimicry) combines high conversion efficiency with the ability to avoid excessive wave forces, enabling supply of grid-connected electricity at a competitive price per MWh.
The bioWAVE(trade mark) is designed to operate in ocean swell waves, absorbing energy both at the surface and below. It is a bottom-mounted pitching device, which spans the full depth. The bioWAVE(trade mark) prototype currently under development will operate at a depth of 30m, while the planned 1MW commercial model will operate where the depth is 40-45m.
The bioSTREAM(trade mark) is being developed for utility-scale power production from tidal currents. Its nature-inspired design (biomimicry) combines high conversion efficiency with the ability to continuously align with the current direction.
The bioSTREAM(trade mark) employs a patented oscillating hydrofoil system to extract energy from moving water. For sites that have a peak current speed of 2.5m/s or greater, bioSTREAM(trade mark) offers an environmentally safe and commercially viable source of electricity.