Underwater kites could be next wave in clean energy

Published Jan 14, 2016

KTH Machine Design is currently involved in a major European effort concerning offshore and renewable energy technology up to this date.

- You could describe tidal power much like an underwater version of wind power. The turbines are anchored below sea level and just like a kite they fly faster in the air than the wind, kites move eight to ten times faster under water than the currents in the ocean. The kites are moving in eights to maintain momentum, says Stefan Björklund, Associate Professor at KTH Machine Design.

In 2016, the work will focus on mechanical simulations and calculations and during next year, in 2017, it is estimated that the 10 megawatt-park Deep Green will be in full operation. 

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