The Deep Green Principle
The video shows Deep Green, fully submerged, in power generation mode. The water current goes into the picture and has the same direction as the waves in the film.
The kite is attached to the seabed at 60-150 metres depth by a tether, and is automatically steered in specific trajectories by a control system.
The principle of the technology can be explained as a two stage process.
The first stage increases the relative flow speed entering a turbine. When the tide hits the wing it creates a lift force, since the kite is mounted to the ocean bed with a tether and is controlled by a rudder, the kite can be taken in the desired trajectory, here in an eight formed path. The method increases the flow velocity into the turbine by 10 times, compared to the actual stream velocity.
The second stage uses a generator to convert kinetic energy into electrical power.
The net result is increased power from a smaller package. The planned normal full size weighs only 7 tons excluding anchoring which gives an energetic payback time of 3 weeks, compared to 8 months for onshore wind.