Skwid testing to take a year

The Skwid will be tested off Karatsu, on the southern island of Kyushu

The Skwid will be tested off Karatsu, on the southern island of Kyushu

The testing phase for Modec’s Skwid hybrid offshore turbine concept will take about a year, but will not include a trial grid connection, the Japanese marine contractor tells Recharge.

The Skwid matches a three-bladed vertical-axis wind turbine with a Savonius ocean-current turbine. Its split-cylinder, bucket-shaped current turbine jump-starts the wind turbine, while acting as a self-righting ballast at sea.

The Tokyo company has yet to finalise a precise date for the planned autumn trial launch, which will be used to evaluate its motion performance and structural design.

Modec expects to start selling electricity from the Skwid to regional utility Kyushu Electric Power at some point in 2014. But it remains unclear whether the concept - which is designed to capture twice the energy as similar-sized conventional onshore Log in to read complete article.

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