Sunday, 9 July 2017

GOVERNMENT FUNDING FOR SLOW-WATER TIDAL FLOWS


    AFTER MANY YEARS OF GOVERNMENT RESEARCH FUNDING INTO KINETIC TIDAL STREAM DEVICES SUCH AS THE STANDARD  HAWT PROPELLER LIFT FORM OF TURBINE, ALSO THE DARIUS  AND GORLOV FOIL TYPE TURBINES, IN BOTH THE HORIZONTAL AND VERTICAL AXIS FORMS, THE GOVERNMENT HAS NOW PROVIDED 200K GBP, THROUGH THE ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL ( EPSRC) TO THE SOUTH WALES UNIVERSITY, SUPPORTED BY SOUTHAMPTON AND STRATHCLYDE UNIVERSITIES.                   
    THIS FUNDING IS TO INVESTIGATE THE FEASIBILITY OF EXTRACTING MEANINGFUL AMOUNTS OF ENERGY FROM LOW VELOCITY TIDAL FLOWS, IN THE RANGE OF 1.0 M/S -2.0 M/S, SOMETHING HALES ENERGY LTD AND HALES WATER TURBINES LTD HAS BEEN DOING FOR SEVERAL YEARS.  TIDAL FLOWS IN THESE RANGES PRODUCE BETWEEN 0.5 KWs AND 4.00 KWs IN EVERY SQUARE METRE OF THE WATER COLUMN WHICH COVERS ALMOST 80 PERCENT OF UK WATERS, GREATLY EXPANDING THE POSSIBLE TIDAL TURBINE DEPLOYMENT SITES. 
SOUTHAMPTON UNIVERSITY HAS ALREADY DONE RESEARCH WITH A PONTOON SUPPORTED WATER WHEEL DEVICE.



  
THE WATER WALL TURBINE DEVICE SUPPORTED BY CANADIAN GOVERNMENT IS SIMILAR BUT IS TARGETED FOR SHELTERED ESTUARY DEPLOYMENT.
   HALES TURBINES LIMITED HAS CONTACTED THE PRINCIPLES OF THIS NEW RESEARCH PROGRAMME AND OFFERED ACCESS TO INFORMATION GATHERED ON OPERATION OF REACTION TYPE TIDAL TURBINES WHICH INCLUDES THE VERTICAL AXIS DUCTED HALES TURBINE SEEN BELOW.


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 (VIDEO CLIP SHOWING PRIMARY FLOW TANK TESTING OF HALES TURBINE WITHOUT DUCTING AT UCL, LONDON.)
HALES WATER TURBINES LTD IS IN TALKS WITH THIS PROJECT TEAM ABOUT OFFERING A 1MX!M   PROTOTYPE MODULAR  UNIT HELD IN STORE TO DISPLAY/OPERATE TOGETHER WITH SOME TEST EQUIPMENT, TO HELP THIS PROVE THE POTENTIAL OF TIDAL STREAM ENERGY AT THIS FLOW RANGE.

 

Monday, 5 June 2017

HALES TURBINES NOW TRADEMARKED



  AS THE HALES TURBINE DESIGN IS BROUGHT FORWARD TO MARKET AND IS BECOMING WELL KNOWN  AROUND THE WORLD, HALES ENERGY Ltd HAS FILED THE TRADE NAME  "HALES TURBINE".
  THIS WILL BE INDICATED ON ALL FURTHER PAPERWORK.





   THE HALES ENERGY LOGO HAS ALSO BEEN FILED AND AWAITING CERTIFICATION.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

REACTION TYPE TIDAL TURBINES BECOMING STANDARD

               
        AS THE RESEARCH PROGRESSES ON VARIOUS FORMS OF TIDAL STREAM TURBINES AROUND THE WORLD, MOST OBSERVERS OF THIS MARINE ENERGY SOURCE CAN DESCRIBE AND UNDERSTAND SEVERAL OF THE PROPOSED / TESTED DESIGNS THAT FOLLOW THE STANDARD OFF-SHORE WIND TURBINE DESIGN WITH ALTERATIONS IN SIZE AND MATERIALS TO HANDLE THE EXTRA HARSH UNDERWATER CONDITIONS.

 MOST OF THE ABOVE DESIGNS ARE WELL KNOWN AND HAVE COMPLETED DETAILED TESTING.

   
 THE LESSER KNOWN FORM OF TIDAL STREAM TURBINE IS THE REACTION TURBINE.
SIMPLY EXPLAINED, THIS IS A DEVICE THAT HAS A FLAT BLADE OR SIMILAR THAT IS POSITIONED ACROSS THE FLOW OF THE TIDE OR CURRENT AND WHEN FEELING THE PRESSURE FROM THIS FLOW REACTS BY MOVING IN A LINEAR WAY, SHOULD THE BLADE BE ATTACHED TO A CENTRAL SHAFT THEN THE MOVEMENT IS ROTATION, SIMILAR THE THE STANDARD UNDER SHOT WATER WHEEL.

(NEWTON'S THIRD LAW -   FOR EVERY ACTION, THERE IS AN EQUAL OR OPPOSITE REACTION)

SEVERAL DESIGNS, SUCH AS OPEN HYDRO, TIDAL SAIL, HALES TURBINE  AND THE  EXIM SAVONIUS TURBINE  ETC, ALONG WITH MANY OTHER DESIGNS ARE BEING TESTED.




AS THE UNDERSTANDING  GROWS, SO THE NEW TIDAL STREAM TURBINE FORMS WILL BE BETTER UNDERSTOOD AND WIDEN THE AREAS OF POSSIBLE DEPLOYMENT.
THE DUCTED HALES TURBINE, OUR REACTION TURBINE DESIGN,  IS TARGETED FOR EFFECTIVE DEPLOYMENT IN FLOWS AS SLOW AS 1 M/S WITH 35% TURBINE EFFICIENCY.

Monday, 27 February 2017

HALES ENERGY TO MEET DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE


    HALES WATER TURBINES LTD HAS BEEN INVITED TO MEETINGS AT THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE, THE NEW BRITISH TRADE ORGANISATION,  FORMED TO TAKE NEW INNOVATIONS AND PRODUCTS INTO THE GLOBAL WORLD AFTER BREXIT.

     THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE (DIT) HAS A MARKET ROADSHOW  VISITING EASTBOURNE, EAST SUSSEX, ON WEDNESDAY 1st MARCH 2017.

   HALES WATER TURBINES LTD  WILL  DISPLAY ITS PRODUCT WITH A  LAPTOP PRESENTATION ETC AND WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE BENEFITS OF THE ( DIT) WITH OTHER NEW SME's AT THE ROADSHOW.

HALES WATER TURBINES LTD  WILL ALSO BE FOUND ON THE (DIT) STAND AT THE FORTH COMING MARINE RENEWABLE ENERGY SHOW - SENERGY 2107, BEING HELD IN LE HAVRE, FRANCE ON 22-23rd MARCH 2017.




DISPLAY MODEL USED WITH STUDENTS

Friday, 10 February 2017

HALES TURBINES TO ATTEND SEANERGY 2017 IN LE HAVRE

   
    HALES WATER TURBINES LTD WILL BE ATTENDING THE SEANERGY 2017 MARINE RENEWABLE ENERGY SHOW, BEING HELD IN LE HAVRE, FRANCE, ON 22nd AND 23rd MARCH 2017.

   DIRECTORS FROM THE COMPANY WILL BE FOUND ON THE UK DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE STAND OVER THE TWO DAYS, THERE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PLANNED NEW COASTAL DEPLOYMENT OF OUR TIDAL STREAM TURBINES IN THE CHANNEL ISLES AND OTHER FUTURE PLANS FOR THE PATENTED DESIGN. 

Monday, 30 January 2017

HALES TIDAL TURBINE TO SARK ?


          TALKS ARE UNDERWAY TO TAKE AND DEPLOY THE DUCTED TIDAL STREAM HALES TURBINE TO A COASTAL LOCATION IN SARK.

    THE CHANNEL ISLES, WORLD RENOWNED FOR THE TIDAL FLOWS AND RACES, HAS BOLD PLANS ALREADY IN PLACE TO DEPLOY LARGE OPEN WATER FORMS OF TIDAL STREAM TURBINES,  THE PROJECT BEING DISCUSSED TO TO EXAMINE AND DEPLOY THE SMALLER 2MX2M HALES TURBINE UNITS VERY CLOSE TO LOCATIONS OF ENERGY CONSUMPTION.  TESTING IN THESE  HIGHLY TURBULENT LOCATIONS CLOSE TO SHORE WILL PROVIDE GOOD INFORMATION AS TO THE METHODS OF DEPLOYMENT, MAINTENANCE AND SURVIVABILITY OF UNITS SO CLOSE TO SHORE.






  THESE 2MX2M MODULAR UNITS, FITTED WITH 50KW PM GENERATORS, DEBRIS SCREENING  ETC , WILL  PROVIDE A GREAT DEAL OF INFORMATION ALSO TO THE ISLAND OF SARK ON THE EXTRA POTENTIAL OF COASTAL AREAS OF TIDAL ENERGY AS WELL AS THE LARGE OFFSHORE DEPLOYMENTS WHICH INVOLVE VERY LARGE INVESTMENT IN THE FUTURE FOR ALL THE CHANNEL ISLES.

Friday, 23 December 2016

HALES TURBINE ON FACEBOOK/YOUTUBE



STARTING JANUARY 2017, THE COMPANY,  HALES WATER TURBINES LTD WILL START TO DISPLAY THE SIMPLICITY AND POTENTIAL OF THE PATENTED HALES TURBINE DESIGN TO THE PUBLIC AFTER SEVERAL YEARS OF DETAILED DEVELOPMENT.





   AFTER SPENDING MORE THAN 100K GBP ON A TWO YEAR PROGRAMME TO BUILD AND OPERATE A SPECIAL 32,000 LITRE WATER FLOW TEST TANK, THIS TO FINALISE THE BEST BLADE SIZE AND  CONFIGURATIONS ALONG WITH BAFFLE DESIGN AND TURBINE BUILD FORMS, THE COMPANY WILL NOW PROMOTE THE VARIOUS FORMS OF THE DESIGN.




  THE ONLY TIME PREVIOUSLY THAT THE HALES TURBINE DESIGN  HAD EVER BEEN DISPLAYED  ON MEDIA WAS A YOUTUBE  ITEM PRODUCED BY STUDENTS  FROM LEICESTER UNIVERSITY,WHO, SADLY, HAD NO UNDERSTANDING OF THE BASIC PHYSICS OF A WATER TURBINE AS A TIDAL STREAM DESIGN, WHICH LEAD TO A VERY COMICAL BUT VERY MISLEADING DISPLAY OF A HALES TURBINE MODEL,  OPERATING IN AN OPEN AIR CONFIGURATION, BUT DRIVEN BY A DIRECTED WATER FLOW ON THE BLADES.

   THE RESULT WAS A VERY NOISY GARDEN SPRINKLER LOOKING DEVICE.

NEXT YEAR'S VIDEO CLIPS WILL DISPLAY THE VERY SMOOTH AND CONTROLLED OPERATION IN ITS TRUE ENVIRONMENT , TOTALLY IMMERSED IN THE WATER FLOW, WITH A ROTATIONAL SPEED BETWEEN 10 - 60 RPM.