Thursday, 18 March 2021

PLA LONDON - TEN YEARS LATE ON TIDAL TESTING SITE

 

        NEWS HAS JUST REACHED THE ENERGY WORLD THAT THE PORT OF LONDON AUTHORITY HAS ANNOUNCED THE OPENING OF A TIDAL STREAM TURBINE TEST SITE ON THE LOWER REACHES OF THE RIVER THAMES, CLOSE TO THE THAMES BARRIER.

 THE STATEMENT PUT OUT BY PLA   STATE THAT  WHILE THE "TRADITIONAL TYPE " TIDAL STREAM TURBINE MAY NOT BE EFFECTIVE IN THE TURBULENT LOW-VELOCITY WATER FLOWS, SO NEW AND INNOVATIVE DESIGNS ARE NEEDED THAT COULD SUPPLY CLEAN RENEWABLE ENERGY TO THE CITY, HENCE THE NEED FOR TESTING IN REAL CONDITIONS.

SADLY THE PLA ARE 10 YEARS LATE IN THIS VENTURE.       IN 2010/12,   HALES WATER TURBINES LTD,  FORMERLY CALLED HALES ENERGY LTD , SUPPORTED AND SPONSORED BY A RIVER THAMES PIER OWNER  CONDUCTED SMALL BUT HIGHLY REGULATED TESTING OF A SPECIAL REACTION TYPE TIDAL STREAM / WATER FLOW TURBINE THAT THE COMPANY HAD PATENTED IN 2006.



 

THESE TRIALS WERE CONDUCTED AFTER A VERY LONG DELAYS IN GETTING THE PROPER PERMISSIONS THROUGH THE ENVIRONMENT AGENCY, THAT HAD REQUIRED OUR LOCAL MP BECOMING INVOLVED.

WHILE THESE PRIMARY TRIALS WHEN UNDERWAY, THE PORT OF LONDON AUTHORITIES LATER LET IT BE KNOWN THAT THEY WOULD REQUIRE MONTHLY FEES TO BE PAID TO CONTINUE THE TRIALS,    ALSO A LIST OF SEVENTEEN OPERATING REQUIREMENTS WOULD HAVE TO BE MET, WITH REGULAR INSPECTIONS BY THEIR OFFICERS ( WITH COSTS) TO CONTINUE.

AFTER REVIEWING THE 17 OPERATING CONDITIONS REQUIRED (WHICH WOULD HAVE PREVENTED ANY RELEVANT DATA TO BE COLLECTED WITH THE EQUIPMENT ON SITE) AND THE HIGH MONTHLY FEE REQUIRES, HWT LTD SADLY HAD TO REMOVE THE WHOLE TEST PROTOTYPE TURBINE UNIT, COMPLETE WITH THE SPECIAL SUPPORT PONTOON FROM THE RIVER THAMES AND SCRAP ALL FURTHER SITE TESTING..

TO CONTINUE OUR TURBINE DEVELOPMENT,  HALES WATER TURBINE LTD THEN SPENT  OVER £100 K GBP AND BUILT A SPECIAL WATER FLOW TEST TANK IN HASTINGS WHICH ALLOWED 24/7 DEVELOPMENT AND TESTING WITHOUT RESTRICTIONS.


 

IT IS SAD THAT IT HAS TAKEN THE PLA SO LONG TO UNDERSTAND THE POTENTIAL ENERGY BENEFITS OF THE RIVER THAMES BOTH AS A RENEWABLE ELECTRICAL AND THERMAL ENERGY SOURCE. 

WE WISH THEM WELL,  WE CAN CONFIRM THE POTENTIAL IS THERE FOR BOTH.

PAUL HALES

DIRECTOR

HALES WATER TURBINES LTD

 

Thursday, 25 February 2021

HALES WATER TURBINES TO SHARE INFORMATION WITH HYDRO WING

 AFTER RECEIVING THE ORIGINAL CONTACT FROM AN ENGINEER OF HYDRO WING LTD, A SPECIALIZED TIDAL STREAM DEPLOYMENT COMPANY, BASED IN CORNWALL, UK,   IT HAS BEEN AGREED TO EXCHANGE NDA AGREEMENTS TO ALLOW BOTH COMPANIES TO EXPLORE AND BENEFIT FROM DATA AND INFORMATION THAT ALTHOUGH COMING FROM THE OPPOSITE ENDS OF THE  TIDAL STREAM ARENA WILL HELP BOTH.

HYDRO WING SPECIALIZE IN DEPLOYMENT OF THE STANDARD LIFT TYPE TORCADO PROPELLER FORM OF TIDAL STREAM GENERATOR IN MULTIPLE FORMS, WHILE THE DUCTED HALES WATER TURBINE UNITS ARE LOW VELOCITY REACTION WATER TURBINES.

HOWEVER THE COMBINE BENEFITS AND RESTRICTIONS TO BOTH FORMS OF TIDAL TURBINE UNITS ARE COMMON TO BOTH, IT WOULD BE QUITE SIMPLE TO DEPLOY THE  DUCTED  HALES  TURBINES ON THE  HYDRO WING ARRAY, WHILE THE SPECIALISED  PMG  GENERATOR SYSTEM OF THE TORCARDO TURBINES MIGHT PROVE SUITABLE TO THE LARGER HALES TURBINES.

WITH THE WORLD AWAKING TO THE DESPERATE RACE TO BATTLE CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE AWARENESS THAT MARINE ENERGY IS THE GREATEST SOURCE OF RENEWABLE AND SUSTAINABLE ENERGY FOR ALL COASTAL NATIONS, THEN SHARING IDEAS AND INFORMATION WHERE POSSIBLE IS THE WAY FORWARD.


TORCADO TURBINE UNDER TEST.

 

DUCTED HALES TURBINE UNDER TEST.


HYDRO WING TIDAL STREAM DEPLOYMENT SYSTEM.


Sunday, 24 January 2021

HALES WATER TURBINES LTD SEEK MORE FUNDS

                        HALES WATER TURBINES LTD HAS JUST COMPLETED AND FILED A SECOND FUNDING APPLICATION TO BRING THE PATENTED  LOW VELOCITY/HIGH TORQUE  HALES TIDAL STREAM TURBINE TO THE OPEN MARKET.

THIS LATEST APPLICATION, ADMINISTRATED BY INNOVATE UK AND IS TARGETED TO FURTHER RESEARCH AND DEVELOP  ENERGY GENERATION. THIS WILL ALLOW HWT LTD TO CONSTRUCT AND EQUIP TWO 2MX2M  DUCTED  CONTRA-ROTATIONAL HALES TURBINES , DEPLOYED ON THE SPECIAL 45 TONNE TEST BARGE OWNED AND OPERATED BY LEASK MARINE LTD, BASED IN KIRKWALL, SCOTLAND. 




  LEASK MARINE LTS ARE A SPECIALISED MARINE SERVICES COMPANY  HAVE PARTNERED WITH HALES WATER TURBINES LTD TO DEPLOY THESE TIDAL STREAM TURBINES AT THE WORLD   RENOWNED EMEC ( EUROPEAN MARINE ENERGY CENTRE)  SHAPINSAY SOUND SITE.

AQUATERA LTD, THE MARINE CONSULTANTS, WILL AGAIN ACT AS PROJECT MANAGERS, ALSO ORE CATAPULT WILL CONDUCT THE TEST PROGRAM OF THE TURBINE EFFICENCY, DRIVE TRAIN PERFORMANCE AND ANY CERTIFICATE, FREEFLOW69 LTD AND ABLE ENGINEERING LTD WILL BUILD THE TURBINES ETC.

THIS  R&D PROGRAM WILL LAST FOR APPROX 18 MONTHS, STARTING APRIL 2021 SHOULD     HWT LTD BE SUCCESSFUL, WHEN THIS FUNDING WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON 26TH MARCH 2021.

HALES WATER TURBINES LTD IS STILL WAITING LIKE MANY OTHERS, FOR THE RESULTS OF THE 2020  ENERGY CATALYST R8 FUNDING PROGRAM, WHICH CLOSED IN SEPTEMBER 2020 AND SHOULD HAVE HAD THE RESULTS KNOWN ON 14TH DECEMBER 2020.

HOWEVER, BECAUSE SOME OF THE FUNDING FOR THIS £20 MILLION FUNDING PROGRAM CAME PARTLY FROM THE INTERNATIONAL AID FUNDING OF THE UK, WHICH HAS NOW BEEN REDUCED FROM 0.7 % GDP TO 0.5% GDP, THE ORGANISATION  RUNNING THE PROGRAM ARE CONDUCTING A SHORT REVIEW AND DELAYING THE NOTIFICATION OF RESULTS.

THE WORRY IS THAT HWT LTD AND WE SUSPECT MANY OTHER FUNDING APPLICANTS HAVE A LARGE NUMBER OF PEOPLES AND ORGANISATIONS , ESPECIALLY IN SOME OF THE 60 DEVELOPING NATIONS IN SUB SAHARIAN AFRICA AND SOUTH EAST ASIA THAT EAGERLY AWAIT THE RESULTS, ALSO THE  AID AND INVOLVEMENT IN BRINGING SIMPLE ENERGY SYSTEMS TO THEIR COMMUNITES.

HWT LTD HAS OVER 50 PEOPLE AND 14 UNIVERSITIES AND ORGANISATIONS  AWAITING THE RESULTS,

HALES WATER TURBINES LTD ALSO HAS SEVERAL LETTERS OF INTEREST FROM PRIVATE INVESTORS SHOULD WE BE SUCCESSFUL IN STARTING EITHER OF THESE FUNDING PROGRAMS, BUT THESE LARGE DEVELOPMENT FUNDED PROGRAMS ARE NEEDED TO EXPAND THE RANGE OF RENEWABLE SYSTEMS IN THE MARKET AND THE CONVID PANDEMIC  AND FINANCIAL  FUNDING RESTRICTIONS  ARE PUSHING MANY DEVELOPERS OUT OF THE MARKET PLACE.


Tuesday, 12 January 2021

THE EARTH CHARTER NEEDS MARINE ENERGY

 

 

    Prince Charles has evoked parallels with the Magna Carta in his call for the private sector to become involved in building a recovery plan for the World.

Strange, as the Magna Carta was a way forward only for the Barons and Free men of England at the time , probably only ten percent of the population while the majority of peoples stay down in the mud,    but the direction called for in the new Terra Carta ( EARTH CHARTER) is a clear call to all to both understand the needs of the world and for all to work forwards for a sustainable and stable world.

The Prince has also been involved with Marine Energy in the past through the Duchy of Cornwall which has tidal waters areas on the west side of the River Tamar.  Hales Water Turbines Ltd was asked in 2015 by energy consultants hired by the Duchy to inspect and give their opinions on the potential of Tidal Stream Generation from the ebb and flows while considering the busy working life of the river.


 

Any incentive that awakens the public and the private sector to the needs of a green world must be supported and two of the greatest challenges that need to be addressed are:

 (1)  CUT THE RED TAPE,  support and allow the many energy system developers to offer big, wide ranging solutions, then work through the problems after, don't price the solutions first before knowing if they work.
 

 (2) Bring together the three arms of the Marine Energy World, the energy system developers, the major marine operators, lead by the fishing communities and finally the Environmental community, These three points of the Trident are needed to direct the UK government to a fully Zero Carbon, 100% renewable future.



A personal input

Paul Hales
Director
Hales Water Turbines Ltd
12th January 2021

Tuesday, 29 December 2020

THE CASE FOR MARINE RENEWABLE ENERGY SYSTEMS

 


 

 

THE CASE FOR RENEWABLE MARINE ENERGY

When the dust has settled, following the UK electorate’s choice to step away from the EU, our country will still be trading with Europe and also with much of the rest of the world.

One of the greatest challenges for the UK, now and into the future, will be to source and supply sufficient quantities of energy -for domestic and commercial purposes and for the motive power that presently comes in the form of petroleum and diesel. With the exception of a few nuclear power plants and a small number of Hydro and Wind units (for sustainable supplies), almost all the UK’s energy is provided by forms of fossil fuel(mainly imported)or by means of subsea cables and pipework -types of supply that involve very high costs. Furthermore, there is no official prioritisation of the supply options and the industry suffers from a complete absence of storage methods and facilities for electricity.

The UK’s new Prime Minister can seize this opportunity to take the country forward towards a totally self-sufficient energy system - one that the nation will own and control for perpetuity.

Solar power and wind power are already being exploited in the UK, but neither of those renewable resources is predictable and constant -unlike the movement of the water as the tides come and go with the reliability of the moon. For that precise reason, projects such as the Severn Barrage and the Swansea Bay Lagoon have been under consideration for a number of years. However, such developments can be carried out at specific locations only, so tidal stream power - a completely different concept -is far more beneficial and could, in fact, form the basis of the supply of energy for the whole of our country, as the technology involved can be used to generate electricity from the flow of the water at most places around the coast and out in the open sea.

Most importantly, the UK has the world’s best tidal stream resources, combined with the second-largest tidal range (exceeded only in parts of Canada). In addition, our seas have some of the greatest and most consistent wave patterns in the world -perfectly capable of augmenting the vast amounts of offshore wind resources that are already beginning to be exploited.

Water is far heavier than many people realise and the immense power of flowing water can easily be appreciated by anyone who observes the destruction that is often caused by floods in various areas of the world. It has even been suggested that there is enough power in the tides and the waves to satisfy the entire worldwide demand for energy.

The previous Energy Ministers seemed to have had little or no understanding of the potential of those three Renewable Marine Energy sources (tidal, wave and wind power), preferring instead to promote the high-carbon pursuit of gas and oil through onshore fracking. The UK already has the technology needed to exploit those renewable resources and, in addition to benefit the country’s economy, it can be utilised to assist the whole world in its battle against global warming.

With a new team of ministers in place, it is to be hoped that an innovative forward-looking program can be formulated and implemented by the UK government- so that the nation might eventually have not only a totally carbon-free energy system for all purposes but one that would render the nation’s supply independent of any outside restrictions or interference.

HOW WILL THAT OBJECTIVE BE ACHIEVED?

First and foremost,a new government department needs to be established - the Department of Energy Research and Resources (DERR) - with the authority to initiate university-based research into the design and construction of offshore Energy Stations. Besides creating state-funded pilot projects, such an approach would encourage private companies to begin their own research into similar ventures.

The purpose of such research will be to develop a system that will channel the power output from the three Renewable Marine Energy resources to a shared Marine Energy Station (MES) at which the combined energy will be converted to electricity that can then be sent ashore. Research will also be required to discover the most efficient method of using the electricity at the MES to produce liquid hydrogen that can easily be shipped ashore to coastal power stations and to depots supplying transport systems. Hydrogen gas can be obtained from water and it can then be liquefied by means of high pressure and extreme chilling.

The production of liquefied gas is already an established industry in the UK. and the Aberdeen Hydrogen Bus Project has recently been launched to demonstrate the production of liquid hydrogen and the operation of a fleet of hydrogen-powered buses and its refuelling station.

The supply networks (National Grid etc.) for both Gas and Electricity will need to be upgraded and modified in order to manage the distribution of the energy obtained from those offshore renewable power sources.

The new DERR will incorporate a ‘panel of experts’ from the North Sea Oil and Gas industries, the various offshore support industries and the commercial fishing industry, all of whom will have a thorough understanding of the challenges involved in working in the marine environment.

As tidal stream flows are constant and predictable, Marine Energy Stations can be installed at suitable locations spaced evenly around the coast - and almost anywhere within the many thousands of square kilometres of the UK’s Exclusive Economic Zone. For maximum power output, each MES will be located at a spot that has the most advantageous tidal flows in the chosen area and it will be surrounded with numerous wave power devices and wind turbines. In addition to processing the energy produced, the central rig will provide accommodation for operational and maintenance staff.

The financial expenditure involved in building a Renewable Marine Energy supply system for the whole of the UK would be very acceptable when compared with the estimated costs of the planned tidal lagoons and Hinkley Point nuclear power station. Furthermore, the implementation of such a project would put the UK at the forefront of the fossil-fuel-free renewable energy world.As other countries make rapid progress in developing forms of renewable energy that suit their specific environments and circumstances, the UK simply cannot afford to be left behind.



Personal view from

Paul Hales

Director

Hales Water Turbines Ltd

Friday, 23 October 2020

                    IT'S NOT FISH - IT'S ENERGY



     As the world watches the discussions taking place between the UK and the EU to find a trading position on completion of the Brexit transition period, which concludes on the 31st December 2020, much of the news and discussion is regarding the present EU Common Fishing Policy which gives the EU operation control over many aspects of the UK's territorial waters and the UK's planned position after exiting the EU  of an Independent coastal state.

While the EU and many ill-informed persons in the UK feel that giving up fishing quotes would be a small price to pay, considering the very small part of the nation's  total GDP that it effects, sadly very few understand  there is a much greater issue involved in this matter.

Unless the UK retail FULL overall sovereign control of these territorial waters and that overrules any form of fishing quotes agreed with other nations, then when the world moves towards a Carbon Zero position, the MARINE ENERGY sources in these waters which will be vital for the UK to achieve this position will be lost.

Off Shore Wind, Tidal Stream and Wave Generation combined will allow the UK to achieve this total Carbon Zero position and with sensible ring-fencing of  seabed licensing and taxes, this can reduce or cancel the UK's Nation Debt with ease.

A personal statement by

Paul Hales

Director

Hales Energy Ltd

(a former commercial fisherman)

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