Background and History of the WWT up to the present.
The problem of why real large-scale renewable energy generation has not been forthcoming has eluded the Scientific community for centuries, baffled the Inventors and it was decided to unravel the impasse.
The prohibitive flaw was defined as the conditioned approach to water currents, and that is to target the exotic and demonstrative Kinetic Energy, with little progress to show.
The Inventors embarked on a radical new approach of targeting mainly the Latent Potential Energy in Currents. This concept took form 2004, and it was the mission to produce a system that would be robust enough to last for many years, and simple enough to be cost effective.
Since 2004-5 basic real small scale testing began in order to understand the Physics as well as the practical problems and it was shown that it is possible to extract large energies from currents if the correct design is applied.
In 2006-9 various National patents and International patent applications were submitted.
During the period 2006-7, a number of proto tests were done in a canal, 1200mm wide by 700mm deep, carrying a freshwater current of around 300mm deep and flowing at around 5m/s, in order to research the optimization of Energy Extraction.
During the period 2008-10, a more definitive scaled Turbine model has been built with the view to produce Electrical Energy. This involved a variable speed power transmission system to verify the technology under different conditions.
Since then, in-depth research into full-scale Power Plant components was ongoing to find the solution for the transfer of the Energy in the Turbine, which consisted of extremely high Torque and very low RPM, to the Generator which is the inverse. Solutions over a wide range were found and manufacturing has started of Transmission-Generator combinations to address the different problems.
Through 2012-13 research work and system engineering focused on WWT Prototype Power Plant, which included concept design of platform, CFD modeling & design. Large scale of WWT self-floating power plant was constructed and extensive ocean tests were followed by analysis & final design of WWT Full Scale Power Plant.
Parallel to that, a variety of marine engineering occurred and included tidal current profiling studies, velocities computations & power production analysis as well as anchoring engineering with flume modeling & analysis, environmental investigation & assessment for specific projects locations.
The stage has been reached where complete prototype Power Plants 0.5 and 1.0 MW are being built for ocean environment for off-grid installations. On-grid connections and fresh water environment installations will follow.