IN DEPTH: Fishing for energy

The Skwid can produce electricity while tilting up to 25 degrees from vertical

The Skwid can produce electricity while tilting up to 25 degrees from vertical

In an island nation where local fishing co-operatives have the rights to steward coastal waters and can stymie any moves to share them, it is a good idea for offshore wind developers to keep them onside.

Two groups of Japanese technology designers have taken that notion one step further — effectively applying the motto “if you can’t beat them, join them” — by incorporating fish-farming infrastructure into their wind- and marine-energy machines.

Skwid

Mitsui subsidiary Modec — best-known in offshore circles for its floating production vessels for the oil industry — unveiled its 1MW Skwid last year. The unit marries a 24-metre-diameter direct-drive Darrieus vertical-axis wind turbine (VAWT) with a keel-mounted Savonius ocean-current energy device and a purpose-built spur export line for firing up Log in to read complete article.

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