20. Nautical Torque Technology
Renewable sources such as wind and solar are intermittent and need to be backed up by
baseload sources such as nuclear and fossil fuel. Because society demands 24 hour power, a 1000Mw solar plant must be backed up by 1000Mw of baseload energy. Society's power demands don't go away when the sun goes away. Potential baseload renewables such as tidal and wave technologies face higher costs because they are offshore, submerged or in remote locations. A tremendous opportunity exists for a baseload renewable that can cost compete directly with fossil fuel and nuclear power generation. . .
If society had the ability to store a large amount of energy, then intermittency would not be such a large impediment to renewable power. Compressed air and pumped hydro storage are the only bulk storage technologies currently available, and their efficiency and availability are limited, which prevents society from a 100% clean energy portfolio.
Nautical Torque is the first viable baseload renewable electricity source (continuous, predictable, always on), that can directly compete with fossil fuel and nuclear power generation. Our product
will allow utility companies, municipalities and port authorities to meet their renewable
portfolio standards with a high density renewable source. The premise of our concept is that a large particle of slow moving (LPSM) matter equals energy. The seaside application of nautical torque will use large ships and vessels as the LPSM, and the incoming and outgoing tide will lift and lower the LPSMs. Our gearing equipment and designs (located on a stationary dock next to the floating vessels) will capture this kinetic energy and turn it into abundant electricity.
The landlocked application will use air compression to lift LPSMs enclosed in large cylinders and provide bulk energy storage. Solar or wind can charge the air compressors. The air compressors can then lift the LPSMs. Gravity will lower the LPSM and our gearing technolgy will capture the kinetic energy in the falling LPSM to create abundant electricity.
The key innovation is the use of the lifting capacity of air and water to lift an LPSM rather than the use of the force of air and water to turn a turbine. Using the LPSM to turn a turbine is much more efficient and results in much greater electricity production. This claim will be substantiated by our first prototype for which we seek funding.
Why it should be recognized:
Nautical Torque represents a new field of renewable electricity generation and deserves the attention of the energy industry. It is a technology that can easily be scaled up to utility levels (solving another current problem faced by existing renewables), and can directly compete (price wise) with fossil fuel and nuclear power production when fully scaled. It could quite simply represent one of the biggest and most important innovations for the energy industry.