Tidal / River Energy Made Affordable
Jupiter Hydro has developed a patented tidal and river technology that will prove to be the most cost effective technology in the market. We are in the process of proving this by building and testing the 2EB7.5X34 turbine shown below (please look at the video). We will put this unit into a newly created 5 MW site which Jupiter Hydro is expecting to be awarded by the Nova Scotia Department of Energy. This site will come with a 15 year Power Purchase Agreement which will more than pay for the deployed technology.
This new development has happened, in great part, because a large global engineering company, Hatch Engineering with Head Offices in Toronto, has decided to make a major investment in the Jupiter technology and it’s development. Robert Francki, Global Managing Director of Energy Projects for Hatch Engineering and Ross Sinclaire, CEO of Jupiter Hydro, recently met with the top officials in charge of tidal developments with the Nova Scotia Department of Energy and they were very impressed with the simplicity and cost effective tidal solution which we shared with them. They quickly saw how simple it was to deploy and maintain with an inexpensive small boat while still in full operation. They were also very pleased by the fact that the Jupiter technology is patented by a Canadian, has been completely developed and tested in Canada and now will be engineered by Hatch in Canada and manufactured entirely in Nova Scotia. All 5 births at the FORCE Site in the Bay of Fundy are occupied by European technologies.
After we test and prove the functionality of the 2EB7.5X34 shown below, we intend to engineer, build and deploy one 2.4 MW floating turbine and one 2.3 MW buoyantly submerged turbines (see the vision Page).
The Jupiter technology advantages are:
1) We are at least 2 times less costly than the most established competitors.
2) We deploy our technology either on the surface or buoyantly submerged.
3) We use hydraulics with standard off-the-shelf generators which are 1/6th the weight and 1/6th the cost. No other technology is doing this. Others are using huge variable speed generators with gearboxes which have proved to be very problematic in the wind industry. In the turbulent salty conditions of the ocean, this will prove to be a bigger concern than it is in the wind industry.
4) We actually have less to prove than any technology as all our components are long since proven.
5) Our deployments are more environmentally friendly and our technology can handle debris better than any other technology.
Here is a video of the 2EB7.5X34 tidal/river commercial prototype we are in the process of building.
The above skid will be fully designed by Hatch Engineering, Jupiter Hydro’s new partner and investor.
Jupiter had a booth in the European Marine Energy Conference 2016, in Edinburgh, Scotland. The interview below was done at this Conference.
The most significant thing that happened at this conference was when Ross Sinclaire met Andrew Mill, Chairman of the EMEC test centre. When Andrew saw that Jupiter was intending to use hydraulics with standard 1500 or 1800 rpm generators, he was very impressed and said that, after 40 years, companies like Mitsubishi are using this same idea to develop huge off shore wind turbines. He recognized how cost effective this could be. He spoke to the Head of the Ocean Renewable Energy Catapult (ORE Catapult) about the Jupiter technology and they then came to us and offered to write a technology assessment report free of charge because, in their opinion, there has been a lack of real innovation in the industry. The very positive 33 page report that they wrote was published in September 2016 and here are a few quotes from that report:
“There is strong evidence to show that the marine energies sector has been relatively poor at identifying and focusing resources on those innovations with the strongest potential”, “Standard generators operating at fixed speeds is novel and confers efficiency, cost and other benefits”, “The Jupiter technology offers simple and cost-effective electrical collection architectures, this being a major challenge for many turbine designs”, “The system is conceived around practicality and the TAP (Technology Assessment Program) has no conceptual-level concerns”, “There is no reason to believe reliability is likely to be an issue”. For more info on the report look at these two PDF’s
CEO Ross Sinclaire was interviewed by World Energy TV at the conference in Scotland.
Please note that since this interview was conducted, Jupiter has found it’s investor in Hatch Engineering and will be securing a 5 MW Site c/w Power Purchase Agreement in the Bay of Fundy. Therefore, all the testing and development in the next few years will take place in Canada, something CEO Ross Sinclaire is very pleased about.
Please go to the Vision Page to understand what comes after this prototype is built and deployed.