Saturday, 18 September 2021

NEW CREATIVE QUARTER REGENERATION PROJECT IN LEAMINGTON SPA

 HALES WATER TURBINES LTD HAS BEEN ASKED TO CONDUCT  PRIMARY RESEARCH INTO THE POTENTIAL OF USING BOTH THE HALES WATER TURBINES AND THE WATER SOURCE HEAT PUMP HTA's ( HEAT TRANSFER ARRAYS) TO PROVIDE RENEWABLE ENERGY FOR THE EXCITING REGENERATION PROJECT WHICH COVER MORE THAT FOUR SQUARE MILES OF LEAMINGTON SPA.

 AN EARLY VISIT TO SITE BY HWT Ltd DURING THE SUMMER CONFIRMED THAT THE RIVER LEAM, WHICH RUN THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF THE REGENERATION PROJECT HAS MINIMAL WATER FLOWS SO HALES WATER TURBINES WOULD NOT BE OF BENEFIT.

HOWEVER, A CHANNELED LETT  ALONGSIDE THE MAIN WEIR ON THE RIVER LEAM HAS A FALL HEIGHT  OF APPROX FOUR METRE AND SUFFICIENT FLOW TO OPERATE A  BACK PITCH WATERWHEEL TO PROVIDE ELECTRICAL GENERATION , THIS PART OF THE PROJECT HAS BEEN PASSED TO FREEFLOW69 Ltd WHO SPECIALISE IN THESE WATERWHEELS.

ANOTHER PART OF THE CREATIVE  QUARTER PROJECT HAS LARGE VIADUCT STRUCTURE SUITABLE FOR SOLAR PV ENERGY COLLECTION, AGAIN HWT Ltd HAS PAST THIS INFORMATION TO SOLAR UK, A COMPANY  SPECIALISED IN MANY FORMS OF PV DEPLOYMENT.

HWT LtD HAS ALSO CONTACTED KENSA HEAT PUMP MANUFACTURERS IN CORNWALL, WHO WERE SO HELPFUL TO HWT LTtd IN THE ORIGINAL RIVER THAMES HTA TRIALS, TO HELP THE QC PROJECT WORK THROUGH THE BEST WAYS TO USE THE LEAM RIVER ENERGY SOURCE IN THE MANY LARGE BUILDINGS IN THE PROJECT.

HWT lTD HAS ALSO HIGHLIGHTED TO THE QC PROJECT LEADERS THAT THE GRAND UNION CANAL ALSO BORDERS ALONG ONE AREA AND WITH FURTHER DESIGN DEVELOPMENT IT MAY BE POSSIBLE TO EXTEND THE AMOUNT OF ENERGY EXTRACTION FURTHER.

HWT LTD IS AT PRESENT WORKING UP A SURVEY AND DESIGN PROGRAM TO SURVEY WITH DEPTHS AND CONDITIONS OF THE RIVER LEAM WITHIN THE DESIGN AREA AND ALSO WORK THROUGH ALL THE REQUIREMENTS TO DEPLOY /MAINTAIN AND RAPIDLY REMOVE IF REQUIRED THE HTA's IN EXTREM FLOOD CONDITION ETC.

AN EXCITING PROJECT HOPING TO BE STARTED READY FOR THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES TAKING PLACE NEAR BY NEXT YEAR.

Tuesday, 27 July 2021

CLIMATE CHANGE UPGRADES FOR HALES TURBINES

   WITH THE RECENT CLIMATE CHANGE EVENTS THAT HAVE HAPPENED IN EUROPE AND MANY OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE WORLD, HALES WATER TURBINES LTD,  AFTER TALKS WITH SEVERAL LOCAL PROJECT SITES, THAT COULD BE EFFECTED BY THE SUDDEN FLOODING AND HIGH WATER FLOWS BEING RECORDED, HAVE DIRECTED DESIGN WORK TO PRODUCE RAPID REMOVAL OF THE HALES TURBINE UNITS FROM THE WATER FLOWS WITHIN ONE HOUR OF NOTIFICATION.

WHILE DEPLOYMENT WILL ALWAYS TAKE LONGER TO ENSURE THAT ALL SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONSIDERATIONS ARE MEET, DUE TO THE SIMPLE MODULAR CONSTRUCTION OF THE HALES TURBINE UNITS, SIMPLE METHODS FOR RAPID LIFT AND REMOVE WITH BE DESIGNED WITH EACH DEPLOYMENT AREA AS STANDARD.

THESE REMOVAL SYSTEMS WILL ALSO AID RAPID ACCESS FOR MAINTENANCE AND UPGRADES.

 


 

Wednesday, 30 June 2021

HALES WATER TURBINES LTD FAILS TO GAIN FUNDING FROM GOVERNMENT ENERGY CATALYST R8 PROGRAM

 

 

 

 

 

 NEWS HAS JUST BEEN ANNOUNCED THAT THE ENERGY CATALYST R8 FUNDING ROUND 

OF£ 20M GBP HAS HAD THE FUNDING AMOUNT REASSESSED  DUE TO THE UK GOVERNMENT'S 

REDUCTION IN THE FOREIGN AID BUDGET FROM 0.7 GDP TO 0.5 GDP.

     THE REDUCTION ALSO FROM THE DFID (Dept For International Development) WHO PART FUND

 THIS E/C R8 ROUND MEAN THAT ONLY 5 OF THE 126 PARTICIPANTS RECEIVED FUNDING.

THE HALES WATER TURBINES LTD FUNDING BID , ALONG WITH THE 7 INTERNATIONAL 

UNIVERSITIES AND OTHER AGENCIES INVOLVED WAS PROBABLY TO LARGE  AND AMBITIOUS TO

RECEIVE FUNDS FROM THIS GREATLY REDUCED AMOUNT.

 

THE NEW ENERGY CATALYST R10 FUNDING AMOUNTS BEING ONLY £2.5M GBP  GIVE SOME 

UNDERSTANDING OF THE RESTRICTIONS IN PLACE DURING THESE COVID TIMES.

HALES WATER TURBINES LTD WILL DISCUSS THE RESULT WITH  BID PARTNERS AND CONSIDER 

ANY FUTURE  DEVELOPMENT AND ANY ROUTE FORWARDS.

 

 

PAUL HALES

HWT DIRECTOR

 

Monday, 7 June 2021

HALES WATER TURBINES LTD HIT BY UK AID BUDGET CUTS

 

  ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT  UK OVER SEAS AID PACKAGES WAS ARRANGED BY UK RESEARCH AND INNOVATE THROUGH THEIR ENERGY CATALYST PROGRAMS.

  THE 2020 ENERGY CATALYST R8 FUNDING PACKAGE OF £20 MILLION GBP WAS DESIGNED AROUND PROVIDING EASY AND CHEAP ENERGY SYSTEMS TO REMOTE RURAL COMMUNITIES IN UP TO 60 COUNTRIES, MAINLY IN THE SUB-SHARIAN AFRICAN AND SOUTH EAST ASIAN AREAS.

THE HALES TURBINE 1MX1M MEC WATER TURBINES, COMPLETE WITH AN ATTACHMENT PACKAGE TO PROVIDE EASY DEPLOYMENT, SELF MAINTENANCE AND SELF OPERATION WAS DESIGNED ESPECIALLY FOR THIS USE, WITH FLAT PACK SHIPPING AND SIMPLE PART REPLACEMENT WITH THE TOOL KIT SUPPLIED, THESE UNITS, ALONG THE THE NEXT SIZED CONTRA-ROTATIONAL 2MX2M UNITS  WOULD ALLOW THESE UNDEVELOPED COMMUNITIES TO IMPROVE THEIR LIVING STANDARDS, HEALTH AND BUILD GREATER EXPECTATIONS FOR THEIR COMMUNITIES AND CONSIDER BUILDING A BETTER LIFE THEIR RATHER THAN RISK MIGRATION.

HOWEVER, THE AID BUDGET CUTS IN 2020 FROM 0.7% TO 0.5% HAS RESULTED IN UK RESEARCH A& INNOVATE DELAYING THE SELECTION OF WINNERS OF THE COMPETITION, DUE TO BE KNOWN IN DECEMBER 2020, WHILE THEY RE EVALUATE THEIR FUNDING.

WE ARE TOLD EACH MONTH THAT THIS £ 20 MILLION GBP FUNDING IS STILL CONSIDERED AND COMPETITORS  ARE ADVISED AT THE END OF EACH MONTH THAT IT IS STILL UNDER REVIEW.

LIKE A LARGE NUMBER OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT COMPANIES, HALES WATER TURBINES LTD IS "SITTING ON IT'S HANDS", SURVIVING, BUT UNABLE TO DO SERIOUS DEVELOPMENT WITHOUT CERTAINTY ON THIS FUNDING ROUTE AND OTHERS , WHILE KEEPING MORE THAN 50 PEOPLE INFORMED AT THE SEVEN WORLD WIDE UNIVERSITIES PARTNERED AND THE OTHER COMPANIES IN THE UK INVOLVED UP TO DATE.

HWT LTD , WHILE GREATLY LIMITED, IS STILL WORKING WITH OTHERS TO OVERCOME AND IMPROVE DESIGNS AND METHODS TO HARVEST THE HIGH TORQUE/LOW RPM ENERGY INTO EFFECTIVE ELECTRICAL GENERATION.

OUR LATEST TALKS ARE WITH THE EXCITING DEVELOPERS AT EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY WITH THEIR PATENTED LOW SPEED GENERATOR, SEE EXTRA BELOW.

Drive Train for Hales Water Turbine

Preliminary Study

Provided within this preliminary study are geared and direct drive C-GEN generator systems for a 6kW and a 100kW horizontal axis turbine. These designshave been assessed based on information provided by Hales Water Turbines. Further assessment would be required to optimise the mass, efficiency and operation further. This document is to be used as a guide only.

C-GEN Topology Overview

 

Figure 1. The C-GEN Generator Topology

C-GEN is an innovative multi-stage air-cored PMG technology developed at the University of Edinburgh that is applicable to direct drive, slow or medium speed drive train designs. The differentiating design features of the patented C-GEN design include:

             An axial flux topology with C-shaped rotor core

             An air-cored stator arrangement

             Generator divided into several axial generator stages that are electrically independent

             Generator rotor and stator divided into low weight standardised modules around the circumference

C-GEN is made up of light weight stator and rotor modules, Figure 1. The low generator and module weight of the C-GEN technology reduces O&M costs compared to traditional iron-cored, radial flux PMG systems. The maintenance of drive train components, if necessary, can be carried out with lighter lifting equipment or an internal turbine crane.

Hales Water TurbineConcept:

Hales Water Turbine (HWT) developers have provided the following information as an introduction to the device design.HWT have developed a single cylinder self-pitchingsix bladed turbine and a twin cylinder, contra-rotating turbine, which has yielded better efficiencies and is more robust than the single cylinder 6 bladed turbine. The turbine can easily be screened to protect the blades from large foreign objects.

The visual aspects are that the Turbine units are not only unobtrusive, but are of modular design and can be ‘stacked’ or placed in arrays. It was found that that the Hales Turbine, when place in arrays or ‘stacked’, did not affect the sea/river bed by rotational scouring. This type of ‘reaction’ turbine works very well in turbulent flows, and is fish and eel friendly. The Hales can be positioned on the sea/river bed, mid-height or floated just below the surface.

HWT are looking to utilise a marinised generator for subsea testing and are interested in the C-GEN machine due to its modularity, subsea flooded operation, direct drive option and high efficiency over a range of operational constraints. HWT are looking to install their current demonstrator device at EMEC for testing, and aim to deploy modular units in tidal estuaries, offshore tidal currents streams, rivers etc. Figure 2 

 

HALES WATER TURBINES LTD WILL CONTINUE TALKS WITH THE SEVERAL INTERESTED SITE DEVELOPERS AROUND THE WORLD AND IN THE UK WHO CAN SEE THE POTENTIAL OF THE HALES TURBINES DESIGN AND COULD RAPIDLY BE ADDED TO THE ENERGY CATALYST R/8 PROGRAM.

 

PAUL HALES 

DIRECTOR

HALES WATER TURBINES LTD 

 

 

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.