Monday, 31 August 2020

HALES TURBINES MOVE INTO MARKET THROUGH DEVELOPING NATIONS

HALES WATER TURBINES LTD HAS JOINED WITH SEVERAL NATIONAL UNIVERSITIES IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES  TO SUPPLY RAPID, CHEAP AND SELF OPERATING AND MAINTAINING ENERGY SYSTEM TO ANY COMMUNITY WITH SUITABLE WATER FLOW RESOURCES, BOTH RUN OF RIVER AND TIDAL.
THE SPECIAL ENERGY CATALYST R8 FUNDING PROGRAM PROVIDED BY THE UK GOVERNMENT WITH A £20M GBP BUDGET COVER SOME SIXTY DEVELOPING COUNTRIES IN THE SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA AND SOUTH EASTERN ASIA AREAS AND FINAL SUBMISSION ARE TO BE FILED BY 16TH SEPTEMBER 2020.
THIS FUNDING PROGRAM CAN RUN FOR A TWO YEAR PERIOD  WHICH WILL ALLOW HALES WATER TURBINES LTD TO DEPLOY THE BASIC 1MX1M  AND 2MX2M MEC WATER TURBINE UNITS , WHICH HAVE BEEN SPECIALLY DEVELOP FROM CONCEPT FOR SIMPLE FLAT PACK DELIVERY IF REQUIRED AND SIMPLE DEPLOYMENT AND MAINTENANCE WITH A LONG WORKING LIFE PERIOD.
FOLLOWING ON TO THIS FUNDING PROGRAMME, SHOULD HWT Ltd BE SUCCESSFUL WILL FOLLOW APPLICATION IN THE MUCH LARGER AYRTON FUND SCHEME THAT STARTS IN 2021 WHERE THE UK GOVERNMENT IS PROVIDING UP TO £1 BILLION GBP FOR SIMILAR DEVELOPMENTS IN BOTH DEVELOPING NATIONS AND UK'S OWN MARINE WATERS.
HALES WATER TURBINES LTD IS BEING SUPPORTED BY THREE LARGE AND EXPERIENCED ORGANISATIONS, AQUATERE, ORE CATAPULT AND OCEAN PIXEL ORD IN THEIR ENERGY CATALYST R8 APPLICATION.
RESULTS OF THE COMPETION WILL BE RELEASED IN DECEMBER 2020

Sunday, 19 July 2020

SIMPLE - CHEAP - EFFECTIVE



             AS HALES WATER TURBINES LTD STARTS TO BUILD A PROGRAM BID FOR THE ENERGY CATALYST R8 FUNDING COMPETITION , WHICH HAS AN OVERRIDING THEME TO PROVIDE  SIMPLE,  COST EFFECTIVE  ENERGY SYSTEMS TO THE MANY DEVELOPING NATIONS IN THE SUB-SAHARAN AND SOUTH EAST ASIA REGIONS.
 AS WE ARE TALKING  TO  MANY ORGANISATIONS AND SUPPORTERS IN THESE AREAS, THE CLEAR MESSAGE IS :

                        MAKE IT SIMPLE - MAKE IT CHEAP -  MAKE IT EFFECTIVE 

       THE  LONG CAREFUL AND DETAILED DEVELOPMENT OF THE HALES TURBINE DESIGN 
 HAS PRODUCED THE 1MX1M HALES MEC UNIT.  THE MEC STAND FOR :

MODULAR - THIS WATER TURBINE UNITS IS DESIGNED FOR MODULAR DEPLOYMENT IF REQUIRED TO INCREASE POWER OUTPUT. THE  COMMON VERTICAL POWER OUTPUT SHAFT IS FLANGED EACH END TO ALLOW ANY NUMBER OF MEC's TO CONNECT IN SERIES TO A SINGLE LARGER GENERATOR OR PUMP ETC.

ENERGY   -   THIS REACTION TURBINE DESIGN CAN PRODUCE RENEWABLE ENERGY 24/7 FROM  RIVERS AND MANY OTHER FORMS OF FLOWING WATERS, IT CAN ALSO OPERATE IN THE DUAL DIRECTIONAL  FLOWS OF TIDAL WATERS WITHOUT ANY ALTERATIONS OR PROBLEMS.

CELL -  THE HALES TURBINE 1MX1M IS A BUILDING BLOCK,  A CELL TO BE ADDED TO, TO BUILD A COMPLETE DEPLOYMENT PACKAGE  BY ADDING OTHER HALES MODULAR CELLS TO INCREASE CAPACITY,  OR ALSO VENTURI PANEL PARTS, DEBRIS  SCREENS, GENERATORS, WATER PUMPS OR OTHER ITEMS  ETC , MOST DEPLOYMENTS SITES CAN BE CONSIDERED.





 SIMPLE   -   THE HALESMEC UNITS USED THE SIMPLE PRINCIPLE OF REACTION   PHYSICS, NEWTON'S 3rd LAW - WHICH BASICALLY SAYS " FOR EVER ACTION THERE WILL BE REACTION",    SO PUSH ON ONE SIDE OF A BLADE/PLATE AND THTS ITEM WILL MOVE,          ATTACH THAT BLADE/PLATE TO A CENTRAL PIVOT AND THE DEVICE AS A WHOLE WILL ALSO ROTATE.
       THIS PRINCIPLE HAS DRIVE WATERWHEELS AND EARLY WIND TURBINES FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS, WHAT THE HALES TURBINE DESIGN DOES IS JUST ADDED MODERN MATERIALS AND CLEVER ENGINEERING KNOWLEDGE TO MAKE A SAFE, SIMPLE AND MODERN DEVICE FOR ENERGY HARVESTING.

CHEAP  -    THE TWO MATERIALS USED TO CONTRUCT THE HALES MEC TURBINE UNITS ARE EXPENSIVE,  BUT WHAT THEY ALSO DO IS BOTH REMOVE THE NEED FOR THE MAJORITY OF ANY MAINTENANCE , THE WATER ITSELF  LUBRICATES THE MOVING PARTS AND THE STRENGTH AND NON- CORROSIVE PROPERTIES OF 316 MARINE GRADE STAINLESS STEEL MEANS THAT  THE UNITS ARE ALMOST  INDESTRUCTABLE IN NORMAL USE.  BOLT TOGETHER ASSEMBLY FROM FLAT PACK DELIVER MEANS  ANY DAMAGED PART CAN BE UNBOLTED AND REPLACED, 25 -50 YEARS  LIFESPAN CAN BE CONSIDERED AND ON RETIREMENT THE WHOLE DEVICE IS 100% RECYCLEABLE. SPREADING THE  COST OF MANUFACTURE OVER  SUCH  LONGEVITY =  CHEAP.

EFFECTIVE  -  THE HALESMEC UNITS , EVEN AT THE LOW-VELOCITY FLOWS IN THE 1.0 M/S RANGE , WITH VENTURI ADDED WILL GIVE SEVERAL KWs OF ELECTRICAL POWER TO MANY RIVER SIDE REMOTE COMMUNITIES, TO SUPPLY REFRIGERATION FOR MEDICINES, LIGHT FOR EDUCATION AND COMMUNICATING ETC.      AS THE FLOW RANGES INCREASE SO THE TURBINES EFFICENCY SLIGHTLY INCREASES, AS WITH ALL TURBINES , ALSO IMPROVEMENTS ARE ALWAYS BEING ADDED AND THE LARGER  MEC2MX2M  UNITS HAVE ADDED EFFICENCY FROM CONTRA - ROTATION.   






Wednesday, 20 May 2020

CAN OR WILL THE UK BECOME 100% CARBON FREE?


       THIS QUESTION ARRIVED FROM A STUDENT AND ASKED A VERY BASIC QUESTION BUT HAS A VERY COMPLICATED ANSWER.

 CAN THE UK BECOME 100% CARBON FREE ?,     LETS ASSUME WE ARE TALKING ABOUT JUST ENERGY, ITS PRODUCTION AND USE.   

TECHNICALLY YES, THE UK HAS A VERY LARGE REGION OF RENEWABLE ENERGY RESOURCES ALREADY BEING HARVESTED, WIND, SOLAR, BIOMASS, GROUND SOURCE (GEOTHERMAL) , WITHOUT INCLUDING NUCLEAR IN THE MIX. THIS IS BEFORE THE OTHER MAJOR MARINE RENEWABLE RESOURCES SUCH AS WAVE, TIDAL RANGE AND TIDAL STREAM ARE INCLUDED.

WHAT IS REQUIRED TO REACH 100% CARBON FREE ?,  (ENERGY WISE)

THE MOST MAJOR CHANGE REQUIRED TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN IS A COMPLETE CHANGE IS GOVERNMENT AND PRESENT ENERGY MARKET PROVIDERS TO USE WHAT REMAINS OF THE PRESENT FOSSIL FUEL RUN DOWN PERIOD TO AGREE AND BUILD THE NEW TOTALLY RENEWABLE AND SUSTAINABLE SYSTEMS.
 WHILE THE PRESENT WIND, SOLAR AND UP AND RUNNING OTHERS WILL CONTINUE TO EXPAND, IT IS THE VAST MARINE ENERGY RESOURCES  THAT WILL SUPPLY THE BULK OF THE UK'S ENERGY NEEDS AND PROBABLY EXPORT A GREAT DEAL TO THE EUROPEAN MAIN LAND AS WELL.
IT WILL REQUIRE THE FOUR MAJOR PLAYERS, GOVERNMENT, MARINE ENERGY DEVELOPERS, ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNITY AND THE FISHING COMMUNITY TO WORK TOGETHER.
    IT WILL TAKE ALL FOUR OF THESE LARGE  ORGANISATION'S    BOTH PLAN AND BUILD THE ENERGY SYSTEMS AND ALSO TO OVERCOME THE NORMAL INBUILT RELUCTANCE TO CHANGE, THERE WILL BE A GREAT DEAL OF CHANGE.

THE MARINE ENERGY DEVELOPERS WILL NEED TO DESIGN ENERGY SYSTEMS THAT MATCH THE NATIONS NEEDS WHILE PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT, THE ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANISATION'S WILL NEED TO ADVISE AND GUIDE THE DEVELOPERS  AS TO THE BEST WAYS TO BUILD AND EXPAND THE ENERGY HARVESTING AREAS WHILE ALLOWING THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT TO THRIVE AND GROWTH,  THE  FISHING  COMMUNITY, AS WILL AS ADVISING HOW ENERGY FARMS CAN DESIGNED AND SO  HARVESTED FOR FOOD AND WELL AS ENERGY, THEY WILL ALSO BE THE GUARDIANS OF THE SEAS, THAT WILL BE SO IMPORTANT TO THE NATION.
   THE GOVERNMENT WILL HAVE THE HARDEST JOB, THEY MUST DIRECT THE DIFFERENT AGENCIES THAT  CONTROL MUST ISSUES EFFECTING THE MARINE ENVIROMENT, SUCH AS CROWN ESTATES,  THE ENVIROMENT AGENCY, M.M.O AND MANY OTHERS TO RELEASE THEIR GRIP TO A OVER RIDING AGENCY THAT HAS PUBLIC, BUSINESS AS WELL AS GOVERNMENT INPUT TO MANAGE THIS NEW DIRECTION FOR THE GOOD OF THE COUNTRY.

WILL IT HAPPEN ?      NO, OR VERY UNLIKELY. THE PRESENT GOVERNMENT SYSTEMS AND THE OUT REACHING POWER OF SOME OF THE GOVERNMENT AGENCIES AND ENVIRONMENT ORGANISATION ARE VERY UNLIKELY TO MOVE FORWARD FOR THE COMMON GOOD.
  
ONLY TIME AND CLIMATE CHANGE WILL TELL.


A personal input

Paul Hales
Director
Hales Water Turbines Ltd
20th May 2020



 

Monday, 13 April 2020

QUESTIONS ARISING FROM LAST TIDAL TURBINE POST



Several questions have be emailed to Hales Water Turbines Ltd regarding the last Blog Post. 

 The first of several was the following :-

What is the potential amounts of tidal energy contained within the territorial waters of each country within the continental shelf, if low-velocity tidal areas were fully exploited to reduced the effects of Climate Change ?.
First of all, lets assume that no restrictions to each national territorial waters are in place, then very large areas, thousands of square kilometres are with tidal flows of 1.0 m/s or more.  With the use of suitable venturi acting systems, which basically are just a method of funnelling the water flows with a narrower entry mouth of the turbines which greatly increases the energy potential to extract, also the venturi areas can act as marine nurseries for most species in that area.
Most low-velocity  reaction type tidal turbines have a vertical output shaft so modular construction into a tidal fence energy farm, these could also be linked up with off-shore wind  turbines and wave generators and the renewable energy sent to shore through a common cable. In future years these Marine Energy farms will be set to produce Hydrogen and again piped ashore.


Under these conditions,
Both the UK and Republic of Ireland could supply 100% plus of national grid requirements.
France approx 80%, Belgium and Holland 75 - 80%, Germany 60% , Norway 75 %, Denmark 85 -90 % Portugal 60%, Spain  45%.
Spatial information on all water velocities and depths within the European continental shelf  area are held by national naval and marine departments and much can also be found on the internet.

A personal  input
Paul Hales
Director
Hales Water Turbines Ltd
11th April 2020

Monday, 30 March 2020

BRINGING REACTION TIDAL ENERGY TOGETHER



           For more than 20 years directors and engineers from Hales Energy and Hales Water Turbines have researched and developed more modern versions of the reaction turbine for tidal harvesting of renewable energy.
The principles of Reaction turbines are greatly illustrated in the 19th century as the early primary energy system to drive the newly invented cotton jenny frames, powered by water flows and start the Industrial Revolution and the factory system, until coal fired steam engines become used.
The modern world is facing the challenge to move away from fossil based energy systems, both due to cost and dwindling fossil resources, also, the now agreed global effect it has on Climate Change.





The new world, that will arrive after the present global Viral Pandemic has run it's course, will, it is hoped, then the look to the next great global challenge, to provide useable clean renewable energy without pollution and danger.
The question of nuclear power is still open, with the memory of Chernobyl and Fukushima nuclear contamination and the extreme terrorist attack threat as shown on the Saudi Arabia Oil installation attack by missiles.
To expand clean and predictable forms of renewable energy, enough to fill the UK's expanding needs we need to expand our vision and focus.

At a meeting held with the UK government's Minister of Sate for Business, Energy & Clean Growth on the 25th February 2020,, a Hales Water Turbine director gave a presentation and provided site tested data to the Minister and his expert team as to the potential of LVWT (low-velocity water turbines) such as the Hales vertical axis ducted tidal turbine, that can be configured in a Tidal Fence arrangement to produce up to 286 MW of electricity per square kilometer in flow areas such as the Severn Estuary.





Hales Water Turbines is now in talks with the UK government to find the best way forward to bring together the four items needed to allow the UK to exploit this unlimited amount of renewable energy.
(1) The engineering requirements are known and can be improved and expanded with further R&D.
(2) The government needs to control of the UK's tidal resource through new arrangements with Crown Estates, National Grid, Environment Agency, MMO and the several other agencies dealing with environmental control to prevent any bottle necks to development.
(3) The UK's fishing industry, lead by the NFFO, SFF , IFCA and others,  will greatly benefit from the deployment of Tidal Stream Energy farms, they can be the guardians of the sites as well as with sensible planning in the design and deployment, be able to manage and harvest the marine life that will use the energy farms as protected breeding grounds, this is especially useful for crustaceans and coastal fish stocks.
(4) The final items is the expansion of Marine Conservation Areas that can be built into the Marine Tidal Energy Farm and  preserve the UK waters for future generations, collaboration between, government, tidal industry, the UK fishermen and conservation groups can lead to an clean renewable energy supply that can fore fill ALL the UK energy needs and likely, if the government were to ring fence some of the revenue generated by licensing and ownership of this tidal industry, will also greatly reduce the national debt for the future generations.

Personal statement by:
Paul Hales
Director
Hales Water Turbines Ltd
30th March 2020.

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

SUCCESSFUL MEETING WITH ENERGY MINISTER


  WHILE IT IS NOT NORMAL FOR A MINISTER OF STATE IN THE UK TO AGREE TO A MEETING AFTER BEING CHALLENGED FACE TO FACE WHILE GIVING AT SPEECH DURING A CONSERVATIVE PARTY DINNER,   HOWEVER  MINISTER KWARTENG MP ALLOWED  A DIRECTOR FROM HALES WATER TURBINES LTD THIS CHANCE ON 25TH FEBRUARY 2020.

   THE MEETING ALLOWED RODNEY BROMFIELD, DIRECTOR OF HWT AND ALSO A SENIOR LECTURER AT THE FACULTY OF ENGINEERING, KINGSTON UNIVERSITY, TO PROVIDE A SHORT POWER POINT  PRESENTATION AND ANSWER QUESTIONS TO THE MINISTER AND HIS TEAM.

 THE INFORMATION PROVIDED GAINED A GREAT DEAL OF INTEREST FROM THE MINISTER AND HIS TEAM INTO THE POTENTIAL OF LOW-VELOCITY TIDAL STREAM POWER GENERATION BY THE HALES TYPE TURBINES AND ALSO THE POTENTIAL TO GETTING THE UK TO A ZERO CARBON TARGET,  WHICH CAN ONLY BE REACHED BY EXPANDING THE DEVELOPMENT OF MARINE ENERGY SYSTEMS SUCH AS WAVE, TIDAL, OFF-SHORE WIND AND THERMAL CONVERSION, POSSIBLY IN LARGE ENERGY HUBS WELL OFF-SHORE, ALL POSSIBLE IN THE THOUSANDS OF SQUARE KILOMETRES OF EEZ  WHICH REVERT TO UK CONTROL IN 2021.

HWT WILL NOW HOPE TO EXPAND  UK GOVERNMENT INVOLVEMENT IN BRINGING THIS VAST RENEWABLE RESOURCE FORWARD.

PAUL HALES
DIRECTOR
HALES WATER TURBINES LTD.

Saturday, 25 January 2020

ENERGY MINNISTER AGREES TO MEETING WITH HALES WATER TURBINES


      

 The Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth, Kwasi Kwarteng MP  has kindly agreed to hold a meeting with reprsentatives of Hales Water Turbines Ltd on the Tuesday 25th February 2020 to discuss the potential of Tidal Stream Turbines for the UK and how specialised Reaction type tidal turbines such as the patented Hales Turbine can greatly expand the large amount of shallow coastal waters around the UK coasts.  While Tidal Stream turbine companies in the EU have followed this form of turbine development, such as being developed in Holland.   The Feb meeting will be attended by Rodney Bromfield, the academic director of Hales Water Turbines Ltd , who will present out turbine details and the vast potential to the UK should the government still wish to move the UK towards a Carbon Neutral position in the future.