Floating Hydraulic tidal generator for producing Hydrogen and Oxygen
The Generating System uses hydraulic tidal turbines and hydraulic wind turbines to convert the kinetic energy in moving wind and water into hydraulic pressure which spins a generator. The system is designed for tidal streams as found in waterways, sounds, and related. The hydraulic generating system is mounted on a floating platform, which is moved by a tug to high velocity tidal streams and temporarily anchored. The tidal turbines are positioned parallel to the flowing water where rotor blades convert the kinetic energy into fluid energy, which is directed to a hydraulic motor mounted on top of the platform. The hydraulic motor converts the fluid energy into rational energy, which spins the generator. Electrical production follows the sinusoidal velocity of the tidal current. The wind turbines use a similar hydraulic drive-train, where the fluid energy from wind turbines is stored in a hydraulic accumulator and then used to augment fluid energy flow to the hydraulic motor during periods of slow water current velocity. Computer algorithms (patent pending) based on tidal chart data control turbine direction and rotor pitch on the tidal turbines, and control a flow regulation valve for releasing the stored fluid energy in the hydraulic accumulator generated from wind turbines during periods of slow water current velocity. This has a net effect of evening out electrical production rather than the cyclical production pattern which results if tidal currents are used alone. The electrical output is directed to an electrolysis chamber for splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen. The hydrogen and oxygen are compressed and stored for transport elsewhere for use.