Japan is putting 3,330 kg turbine into the sea, discovers a new way to generate electricity

Immense energy is contained in the ocean, like nothing else on earth, scientists say. Now Japan has thought of collecting and using this energy of the ocean. For this, Japan is going to leave a huge 330-ton turbine power generator in the foothills of the sea. This giant turbine generator can sustain the most powerful ocean waves and convert the energy in these waves into an unlimited power supply.

It is named Kairyu. It is also named on the same lines, which means sea wave. Its structure is 20 meters long, which is in the shape of an airplane. It is surrounded by two cylinders and both are of equal size. Each cylinder is fitted with a power generation system which is connected to an 11 meter long turbine blade.

It is manufactured by Ishiquajima Harima Heavy Industries also known as IHI Corporation. The company was experimenting with it for more than 10 years. In 2017 it partnered with the New Energy Industrial Technology Development Organization to test its concept.

The firm completed a 3.5-year-long underwater test in February 2022 in the sea of ​​southwest Japan. It is being said about the machine that it will start its work in 2030. The device is designed in such a way that it will automatically detect which is the most suitable place to generate power. Japan relies on imports of fossil fuels to generate much of its power.

Japan has a long coastline of the sea. The ocean rotates to the east under the force of the North Pacific cyclonic circulation. When this cyclonic circulation meets Japan, it creates the Kuroshio Current, a powerful current. IHI estimates that if the energy present in this current can be harnessed, it can generate about 205 GW of electricity, which is equivalent to the current electricity generation capacity of the country.

Kairu is built to swim 50 meters below the waves. When it moves along the waves to the shore, it creates the necessary torque for the turbine. Each of its blades rotates in the opposite direction so that the machine remains stationary.

The Kairou is said to produce 100 kW of power at a flow of two to four knots (about one to two meters per second). When compared to wind turbines installed outside the shore that produce 3.6 MW of electricity, this seems quite low. <!–