Cyclo-Ocean seeks FERC okay for scale-up tidal energy project in Florida

Cyclo-Ocean Inc. applied Dec. 4 to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a preliminary permit that would allow it three years of exclusivity to study the feasibility of the proposed Ft Pierce Inlet Tidal Power Project in Florida.

“Applicant has developed a low cost sub-surface current generator which has been tested on a daily basis over the last four years in the tidal flow at Fort Pierce Inlet, a deep water navigable inlet,” said the application. “Research was conducted out of channel on the south side of the inlet with a six foot diameter prototype generator. Modifications have been conducted to engineer a generator that is compatible with environment and produce clean energy at a competitive price. Applicant was granted a permit for testing by the Florida State Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and, United States Army Corp of Engineers (USACE). A pilot project was conducted in October 2014 that supports this application.

“Estimated capacity and energy output is calculated at an average current speed of four knots at 4000 hours of tidal flow operation per year. Eventually, battery storage will increase output fulltime. Turbines are of new construction built of fiberglass, coupled to new generators constructed with steel laminations, copper windings and permanent magnets, manufactured from proven engineering, operating at zero hydraulic head.” The total estimated production and installed capacity is 240 kW.

Cyclo-Ocean said it deployed and studied it’s test turbine this past October through a period of tidal ranges from 0 to 7.3 knots to observe: environmental compatibility, community comment and mechanical loads. The unit was anchored at each end by 25 feet of half inch steel cable in line with the current and monitored daily by physical scuba diving at slack tides.

A project contact is: Paul Greyshock, Cyclo-Ocean Inc., 670 16th St., Vero Beach, FL 32960, 772-501-4865.

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