Irish tidal energy developer GKinetic Energy said it is now patent protected in the United States of America for the “Water Turbine Assembly” aspect of its tidal energy technology.
The news of the company’s first North American patent came last week following its Chinese patent approval they secured in mid-March.
GKinetic now has patents in Europe, Australia, China and now the USA enabling the company to enter key markets with viable tidal energy potential to further develop the technology.
The company is strategically leading the scaled research and development of the GKinetic turbine through multiple collaborative projects this year across Europe.
GKinetic is currently supporting its strategic partner, DesignPro Renewables on the testing of their 25kW currently deployed at the SEENEOH demonstration site as well as the build of a larger, 60kW device.
As consortium partners in the Horizon 2020 +CityxChange, the company is working with a diverse group of companies and government representatives to make Limerick, Ireland and Trondheim, Norway EU Smart Cities through the development of sustainable infrastructure and renewables including tidal energy.
In September this year, the company said it will be tank testing to upscale to a 250kW submersible device at Ifremer in France working with NUI Galway through the Marinet 2 Programme.
The company continues to take an innovative step by step approach in the development of their tidal technology with a future plan to design, build and deploy a 250kW device with a commercial partner.