Researchers at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), within the framework of PROCODAC-GESMEY project, have participated in the construction of the prototype of a device to harness energy from ocean currents.
The prototype, which provides 1 MW of electricity, is complemented by an underwater buoy that was designed to operate in areas of 40 meters of depth.
The main unit of the prototype includes a structure of stainless steel with a central body and three peripheral parts joined by arms. The generator, the multiplier, and the instrumentation system are inside while the rotor that captures ocean currents is outside.
The test results have confirmed that the prototype can produce the expected energy, be maneuvered by remote control, and play a role in future underwater power plants.
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