Hydrokinetic Technology produces clean, renewable electricity by harnessing the “kinetic energy” of a body of water, – the energy that results from the water’s motion. Since water is 832 times denser than air, rivers, canals, ocean currents, waves, and tides represent a powerful, untapped highly concentrated, clean, renewable energy resource.
Whether utilizing marine hydrokinetic technology (extracting energy from ocean currents, tides, or waves) or stream-based technology (capturing energy from rivers and canals), hydrokinetic energy is far superior to solar or wind. Ocean and stream hydrokinetic energy is predictable, reliable, and continuous compared to solar and wind.
DLZ has been granted 3 U.S. patents on its innovated hydrokinetic turbine design. In addition, we’ve been granted hydrokinetic turbine patents in India, Canada, and China.
DLZ’s hydrokinetic turbine can be installed just as one or as a series of units supplying electricity to off-grid applications or creating mini-grids in remote areas. It can be installed in an array down the river or canal in 1 to 5 MW projects connected to the local power grid.
One of the advantages of hydrokinetic technology is that it does not require large civil works (buildings, dams, conduits), can be installed quickly, and can start generating electricity as soon as one or several units are installed vs. waiting until the entire project is completed which is usually several years for traditional small hydropower plants. DLZ has recognized that there are many factors affecting the generation of hydrokinetic energy and customizing the design will optimize the electrical generation for specific sites.