Workshop Biomimicry: Victoria Gasteiz - EEL Energy


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Workshop Biomimicry: Victoria Gasteiz - EEL Energy

  1. 1. EEL ENERGY The energy from oceans, seas and rivers EEL ENERGY 19/10/12 Vitoria-Gasteiz Investors Connect 1
  2. 2. Why are marine currents interesting? EEL ENERGY Investors Connect 2
  3. 3. Sea source of energy • Renewable energies like wind and solar are diffused and intermittent energy sources • Marine currents naturally concentrate energy • Water is 830 times more dense than the air • Energy production is precisely predictable on the long run • Europe host some of the best tidal resources in the world with powerful accessible currents • UK : 10 to 15 GW • France : 3 to 5 GW EEL ENERGY Investors Connect 3
  4. 4. Sea theater of innovations EEL ENERGY Investors Connect 4
  5. 5. Nature source of inspiration Where are turbines and helix ? EEL ENERGY Investors Connect 5
  6. 6. Why nature can be a smart advisor to innovators? EEL ENERGY Investors Connect 6
  7. 7. “ Observe the nature, and you might envision your future” Leonardo Da Vinci EEL ENERGY Investors Connect 7
  8. 8. From inspiration to innovation inspired by a natural movement of marine species Eel energy develop a solution to achieve 3 goals: • Produce more renewable energy • Reduce costs • Reduce environmental impact EEL ENERGY Investors Connect 8
  9. 9. Eel a breakthrough technology An undulating membrane to harness energy • • • • • • Optimize energy transfer Reduce drag The efficient surface is the cumulative surface of the wave fronts Allow to exceed Betz law • The energy is converted along the length of the membrane A controlling loop allow to monitor the resistance of the membrane optimize energy production according to current strength • A technology patented, in 2008 and 2011, internationally EEL ENERGY Investors Connect 9
  10. 10. Differentiation Energy performance • • • • • Economic Performance Double energy production compared to turbines Start at low speed of current, lower than 0.5m/s No cavitations phenomenon Make possible high power machine, up to 5 MW Automatic adaptation to orientation and strength of the current Strategic advantages • • • Require less deep water Better adaptation to low, high and variable currents Able to make the most of locations inappropriate for other systems Economic performance EEL Environment respect No risk of collision for living marine organisms Low drag and water flow turbulences Allow higher density of farm Reduce the sprawl on sea floors EEL ENERGY Reduce cost of installation and maintenance Energy performance Environment respect • • • • • Investors Connect 10
  11. 11. Market and strategy 1. Tidal and permanent currents • • • • A world tidal potential estimated between 150 to 200 GW Request for Proposal expected in France by 2015 High potential area: France, UK, South Africa, Canada, Japan Islands and isolated off grid sites 2. Rivers and estuaries A huge market, especially in developping countries poorly equiped and connected to grid, of which: India, South-east Asia, Latin America 3. Hydro-generator for boats Market estimated at €50 billion, for 24 million units • • Licensing (Up front payment and royalties), research, design, customization, technical support Production and sales thanks to industrial partners EEL ENERGY Investors Connect 11
  12. 12. Roadmap 2011 - 2012 Prototype 2nd generation Scale 1/6 Pool tests with IFRMER 2012 – 2013 Prototype 3rd generation Scale 1/6 Membrane Hutchinson Pool tests with IFRMER Material tests in sea Prototype in sea Last quarter of 2013 Study and conception of a demonstrator at scale 1/1 1st semester 2014 Building of scale 1/1 demonstrator 2nd semester 2014 EEL ENERGY Installation of demonstrator in sea Selling licenses Investors Connect 12
  13. 13. Strong and experimented partners o IFREMER: Hydro dynamic tests in pool o HUTCHINSON: material conception o CEDRAT Technologies: electromechanical engineering o TWI: Monitoring o ADEME: Financial support for research and PhD EEL ENERGY Investors Connect 13