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1. (WO2018200005) SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TIDAL ENERGY CONVERSION AND ELECTRICAL POWER GENERATION USING A ROTATABLE DRAG PANEL

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/200005    International Application No.:    PCT/US2017/030272
Publication Date: Fri Nov 02 00:59:59 CET 2018 International Filing Date: Sat Apr 29 01:59:59 CEST 2017
IPC: F03B 13/26
Applicants: BIG MOON POWER, INC.
BLODGETT, Jeff
BAGLEY, Colin
BLODGETT, Lynn
Inventors: BLODGETT, Jeff
BAGLEY, Colin
BLODGETT, Lynn
Title: SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TIDAL ENERGY CONVERSION AND ELECTRICAL POWER GENERATION USING A ROTATABLE DRAG PANEL
Abstract:
Assemblies, systems, and methods are disclosed for generating energy from natural and renewable forces and, more particularly, to energy generation using tidal action. A tidal energy conversion assembly includes a displacement vessel coupled via an anchor cable to a directional converter and an electrical power generator on land. The displacement vessel includes a horizontally rotatable drag panel extending into the water to capture drag forces caused by the flow of water. The flow of water against the drag panel causes the displacement vessel to move laterally and pull on the anchor cable thus exerting a force on the directional converter. The directional converter converts this force into rotational energy that may be harnessed by the electrical power generator to generate electricity for consumption. The horizontally rotatable drag panel may be rotated to adjust the amount of electrical energy produced.