THE GULF STREAM TURBINE
WITH A VELOCITY-MONITORING DEPTH-CONTROL SYSTEM
CAN OPERATE WITH CAPACITY FACTORS HIGHER THAN 80%
The Gulf Stream contains an enormous amount of energy that can be converted into electricity. According to the Department of Interior's website, it has been estimated that just 1/1000 of that current's available energy could supply Florida with 35% of its electrical needs.
By designing the Gulf Stream Turbines so they can generate at their rated capacities in water that is flowing at a velocity that is less than its mean velocity and by adding a velocity-controlled depth control system that seeks those depths where the velocity of the water will be the same as that for which the turbines and generators are designed, will make it possible for the machines to generate from two to four times the power than can be generated by the wind turbines with the same generating capacity. (See below: Two New Ideas for Dependent Patents.)
Though the Gulf Stream Turbines will be capable of operating for long periods without servicing because of their patented simple failure-proof design that depends on the unchanging laws of physics to maintain stability and control, the combination of its new depth control system, a change in the mooring arrangement, and a specially designed launching craft will make these machines very easy to service and replace.
The Gulf Stream Turbine
Two New Ideas for Dependent Patents (July 2010)