GKinetic Ltd. is an Irish developer of a submerged tidal energy device composed of twin, vertical-axis turbines mounted either side of a buoyant, teardrop vessel. The vessel has a shaped bluff body which is moored to the seabed. The technology exploits the natural phenomena that occurs when fluid accelerates around and outside an obstacle. This allows for significant energy to be generated in low flows. The device is scalable up to 1 MW and can be deployed in arrays to maximise power generation.
The test devices proposed for deployment off the pier at Inishmurry (Cahiracon, Co Clare) are 60kW devices. The shape of the vessel increases the speed of water into the turbines. The combination of the accelerated flow along with our patented Blade Pitch Control System results in higher power outputs. There are no major civil works required and the devices can be simply anchored in the channel. The concept has undergone staged development, in-time with industry best practice.
Off the pier at Inishmurry (Cahiracon, Co Clare)
A public consultation was held on this application from Friday, 15 May 2020 to Tuesday, 22 June 2020.
As the eight appendices to the Natura Impact Statement were inadvertently not published online during the consultation period, it was deemed necessary to hold a further period of public consultation. The second consultation period is from Friday, 27 August 2021 to Monday, 27 September 2021.
The new documents available online are:
• Appx 1 - NPWS Consultation
• Appx 2 - IWDG Consultation
• Appx 3 - IFI Consultation
• Appx 4 - Subtidal Survey March 2019
• Appx 5 - IWDG CPOD Monitoring Study
• Appx 6 - Bird Usage Survey (May 2017 to April 2018)
• Appx 7 - Winter Waterbird Survey, May 2017-April 2018. Dot Density Maps
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