Energy Generating Autonomous Sailing Craft (EGASC), unlike other wind energy conversion technologies requiring high stress resisting materials, generates pneumatic air/oxygen compression and electricity by the fast kinetic movement of the planing sailing craft with much higher components reliability.
EGASC moves with the wind and has ability to find and follow
the most favorable wind conditions in the ocean.
For maneuverability, the EGASC has small submersible electrical motors attached on the sides of the hull. Maneuvering and navigation are controlled by a computer program residing in the System Computer and actuated by side steering motors and a servomechanism that positions the single sail.
With EGASC’s proprietary turbine design, the power of 2-3kW of electricity can be obtained and dedicated to oxygenation, electrocatalysis, open water sensors and or in situ bio-remediation.
EGASC’s primary technology (currently under development) will act to remediate the significant and well-documented environmental & economic impact caused by contamination of coastal or inland waters. Active Oxygen or hydroxyl ions produced by EGASC & introduced into the region of water will inhibit the growth of harmful algae.
Scale up EGASC technology can overcome constraints of static maritime energy producing installations and provide the ability to harvest energy from dynamically changing weather patterns and deliver stored energy or synthesized inorganic fuel (ammonia or hydrogen) by its own power to the collection points, much the way a honey bee delivers nectar to the hive.
Need recognized and commercial potential noted to address a number of different markets/applications
HAB (Harmful Algae Blooming) remediation
Operation of bio-sensors
The public eye to offshore commercial drilling operations
Maritime Energy generation
Upwards scalability to utility size energy generation.
Remote “cloud” server provision for remote Eco-tourism
Advertising potential in Eco friendly hotel resorts
Low cost asymmetric countermeasures or security monitoring in Naval operations