Bakker Sliedrecht teams up with Water2Energy for tidal tech

Water2Energy's VAWT technology (Photo: Bakker Sliedrecht)

Electrical system integrator Bakker Sliedrecht has signed a technical development partnership with Water2Energy for the delivery of its vertical axis water turbine technology.

Dutch-based water turbine manufacturer Water2Energy has developed a vertical axis water turbine (VAWT) said to be 30 to 50% more efficient than traditional water turbines as its blades continuously adapt to the flow of water, according to Bakker Sliedrecht.

Bakker Sliedrecht said the energy yield is further enhanced through its special-set up with gearboxes and generators used to convert the mechanical into electrical energy. Bakker Sliedrecht also created a smart system that delivers the electrical power to the grid, the company said.

Reinier Rijke, General Manager at Water2Energy, said: “Tidal energy is a type of sustainable energy that is very predictable, very reliable, and always available on set moments thanks to the fixed intervals of tides and currents. Now, with the partnership with Bakker Sliedrecht the conversion ratio between of mechanical energy to electrical energy has improved significantly. This makes tidal energy an even more attractive type of sustainable energy.”

Jeffrey Gadellaa, Manager of Innovation, Marketing, and Communication at Bakker Sliedrecht, added: “The high efficient water turbines offer governments and businesses worldwide the possibility to embrace this form of sustainable energy. This strategy is in line with our focus on electrical installations within the sustainable energy sector.”

Bakker Sliedrecht added that the Dutch Tidal Technology Center Grevelingendam (TTC-GD), which was recently awarded over €4 million from the Dutch government, is currently looking into the possibilities of installing the water turbines of Water2Energy and Bakker Sliedrecht.

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